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While at Triangle Lake, there were several species that were the same and different from Spencer

Butte. This ecotone is close to the water, and this is the biggest difference from Spencer Butte.
The plants in the area are a lot wetter and have denser ground vegetation. The lichen on a fallen
tree had coiled at the edges and was a red color. This really seemed to resemble a flower. This
lichen was well immersed in the feathery moss. After spending some time at this fallen log I was
able to identify that there were three different species of moss on that one log. Some of the lichen
on that log was lichen I hadnt seen before. The ground at this ecotone is rocky with Spencer is a
dark soil. It is also salmon spawning season. The bright red fish were jumping up the short water
fall in the hopes of making it to their pre destined breeding grounds. I had never seen so many
huge fish in my life. Some large fish would settle in a shallow pool relatively free from the fast
currents. These large fish were quite banged up with large white gashes on their heads and fins; it
is clearly the end of the road. The river is fast and high this time of year. I have been to this spot
during the summer for the natural rock water slides but it is almost unrecognizable now with the
jumping fish and edge of the river being forced back so far. Once was a calm swimming pool is
now riddled with huge red fish and dangerous currents.
Spencer butte shares a lot of species with this ecotone. It is still a temperate rainforest biome so
there will be a lot of the same species but the Triangle Lake biome is obviously wetter. Both of
the ecotons shared a huge amount of moss and lichen. There were Douglas fir and very few oak
trees. The area also had lots of red alder this is a tree that is also plentiful inside the coniferous
forest on Spencer Butte. These plants are beneficial to both ecotones because they are nitrogen
fixers and that makes then a keystone species of both. This species makes it possible for the
plants around them to survive. They supply the nitrogen that so many other plants just take from
the forest. Like Spencer there really arent a huge amount of birds flying around and making
noise. The weather is pretty similar but by the water there seems to be more humidity or
precipitation in the air because the rocks are all slick with water and moss. Both of these areas
also see a lot of traffic. This is largely the reason that I chose Triangle Lake; they would be easier
to compare anthropogenic effect. At both places there isnt a lot of trash strewn about during the
winter because the forest service comes and cleans it up. Although for some reason people
playing in water incites them to leave their trash everywhere.