Celebrate our redwood forests and play a fun matchmaking game to learn more about some of the redwood forest’s unlikely—but enduring—loves.
Coast Redwood + Banana Slug
Sure, there’s a major height difference here, but it’s no mystery what these two see in each other! The banana slug and coast redwood look out for each other. Slugs eat plant species that compete with redwoods for light, water, and nutrients—and the redwoods offer a cool, moist habitat in exchange. PLAY FOREST MATCHMAKER
Coast Redwood + Fog
While the fog can be fickle at times, the redwoods don’t mind waiting for it to drift in off the ocean. Especially during those dry summer months, the fog offers something the redwood craves: cool water and fertilizing nitrogen. PLAY FOREST MATCHMAKER
Giant Sequoia + Snow Plant
The snow plant can be a little zany—described as “psychedelic red asparagus” and “the tree from Mars”—but the giant sequoia loves how it adds to the habitat’s biodiversity. Unable to photosynthesize and produce its own food, the snow plant blossoms in the shadow of the giant sequoia, feeding on fungi in the soil and receiving sugars it needs to survive. PLAY FOREST MATCHMAKER
Coast Redwood + Marbled Murrelet
The marbled murrelet can play a bit hard to get, but the coast redwood doesn’t mind an elusive sea bird. Rather than building nests, the bird lays its egg directly on a large, moss-covered branch of an old-growth redwood. The marbled murrelet is an endangered species in California, and its nesting site is under strict protection. PLAY FOREST MATCHMAKER
Giant Sequoia + Pika
Who could resist the adorable pika? Certainly not the giant sequoia. These two are facing the threat of climate change together—with the giant sequoia threatened by drought, and the pika threatened by rising temperatures that keep it from foraging. Protecting the planet is key to protecting this relationship—and the giant sequoia makes a big difference by storing carbon. PLAY FOREST MATCHMAKER
Some of these duos might seem like “odd couples,” but when cupid’s arrow strikes in the redwood forest, bonds are formed that last millennia. And there’s room for you and your love for the forest here, too…
We’re grateful that you’ve found love in your heart for the forest. Share this game with your friends, and get them playing matchmaker, too!