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Lava flow trail stop 11

Life Among the Lava Flows

Food and shelter

Once plants become established on a new lava flow, animals begin to return. At first, just a few migrants travel through to garner what morsels of food they can. Eventually, pockets of vegetation grow large enough to support year-round or seasonal residents, like the Steller's jay, Abert's squirrel, and Eastern fence lizard.

Abert's squirrel
Abert's squirrel
Eastern Fence Lizard
Eastern fence lizard.
Steller's Jay
Steller's Jay

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