Ecology Project – Digital Scrapbook
Lifetime of A Tree:
(Photoscan didn’t go very well, here is the order of the parts of the poster from left to right:
200 years ago, 70 years ago, present time, future)
From Our Study:
Abiotic Factors: Viewing platforms, info boards, fences, bat boxes, gravel beaches & path, lagoons, ponds
Biotic Factors: Canadian geese, ducks, small birds, tadpoles, willow tree, Douglas Fir tree, bumblebee, buttercups, hardhacks
Observe an Organism:
(Crow pulling on a stick/holding a stick in a tree.)
Beforehand the crow used its wings to fly through the air/atmosphere.
It could be scratching the bark of the tree with the stick, causing nutrients from the bark to fall to the ground.
Same thing as the geosphere, except with the water. All sorts of organisms present in the lagoon water could benefit.
Based on videos I’ve seen I’d like to assume the crow could be using the stick as a tool to catch worms, caterpillars or anything of that sort. Crows are intelligent creatures, by doing this the crow would be benefitting itself by feeding itself or feeding future generations. It’s also managing the population of insects.
I call it predation because the ducks seen in this picture are floating over the lagoon water and feasting on organisms inside the water.
The ducks are benefitting by getting nutrients from the organisms in the water, and since this is a predation relationship, the organisms being unfortunately devoured by the birds are not benefitting because they are dying.
- The obvious one: don’t litter, but not for the reason you may think
– Littering will also obviously harm the environment of the lagoon, but my reason is because of invasive species. Leaving any unfinished food could attract seagulls, and seagulls finding feasts regularly there will allow them to learn the lagoon is a good place to find food of any sorts. Of course it is fine for a seagull to hang out at the lagoon, but when one too many seagulls rely on it for food, even organisms from the lagoon, it becomes invasive.
- Bring your pets
– Not the most wholesome reason, but the main reason you walk your pets is so they can use the washroom. Animal poop acts as a great fertilizer and helps the plants and grass of the lagoon. Plants are essential to every biotic being sharing the lagoon.
- Tell your friends
– Bringing your relative’s and friend’s attention to the lagoon is good. The more people that know about Blakeburn lagoon the more people that know it’s cause. There is no reason for the lagoon to not be torn down for more houses if it is not useful and effective to our community.
First People’s Link:
(Birch tree near the middle of the lagoon)
Indigenous people not only used the birch tree’s bark to make the classic canoe. The birch tree was also a great significance to them because it could be made into/used as;
- Bowls and baskets made out of bark, commonly used for transporting food, cooking and storing materials
- I’m personally interested in the fact it could be used as a canvas for early painters, prior to the large production of paper and other related products
The Slug Story
Once was a small and slimy slug, brown in colour. Majority of the time it’s favourite meal was the rich and lucious grass, but no plant was left out. However this slug had run into a problem, for the luscious grass and plants it dreamed of were disappearing. Slow and gently as ever, it made a long trek to the lagoon, an ideal habitat. Why? The water supported the mass growth of it’s ideal organism, plants! Grass, specifically. Or, really, anything green in nature that stayed still for the slug, even if it was decaying. Our slug was no snail, but without it’s shell it was able to squeeze into any place in the lagoon a snail couldn’t with a heavy shell on it’s back. The slug from way back then and the slugs that live in the lagoon today help other organisms, but not itself, unfortunately. Slugs eat vegetation, decaying or not, and in turn, are fed on by various other animals, keeping happy and with a partly filled stomach. Slugs aren’t that filling, but they are sure something.