e·col·o·gySpelled[ih-kol-uh-jee]–noun1.thebranchofbiologydealing with the relationsandinteractionsbetweenorganismsandtheir environment, including other organisms.
hab·i·tat • Spelled[hab-i-tat] • –noun 1. the natural environment of an organism; place that is natural for the life and growth of an organism: a tropical habitat.
Habitat Loss/Fragmentation • Clear-cutting • Industry • Urban Development • Plant species depletion/extinction • Lack of natural processes (wildfires, grazing etc) • Collection • Isolated Populations/Fragmentation
Endangered Species • Endangered Species are animals and plants that are in danger of becoming extinct. • Threatened species are animals and plants that are likely to become endangered in the near future. • Identifying, protecting, and restoring, endangered and threatened species are the primary objectives of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's endangered species program. • Info. From U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Endangered Species Causes • Habitat Destruction • Overexploitation • Introduction of Exotic Species • Disease • Pollution
The Karner Blue Butterfly is found in parts of the northern United States such as Wisconsin, New Hampshire, New York, Indiana and Michigan. • Due to urban development, much of the Karner Blue Butterflies habitat has been depleted or segmented. Also, the lack of natural disturbances such as wildfires and animal grazing have caused a decline in plant and flower growth, especially the lupine plant which is the Karner Butterfly caterpillar's only source of food. • This decline in the wild lupine plant population has led to a sharp decline in the numbers of Karner Blue Butterflies found in the wild
Because of urban development as well as human prevention of wildfires, much of the land native to the Karner Blue Butterfly has been segmented, creating isolated groups of Karner Blue Butterflies. • This change from large populations to small, isolated groups has had a significant effect on the butterfly's reproduction rates and caused an overall decline in the Karner Butterfly Population
ec·o·sys·tem • Spelled[ek-oh-sis-tuhm, ee-koh-] Show IPA • –noun Ecology . a system formed by the interaction of a community of organisms with their environment
en·vi·ron·ment • Spelled[en-vahy-ruhn-muhnt] • 1. Ecology . the air, water, minerals, organisms, and all other external factors surrounding and affecting a given organism at any time.
How could the loss of a habitat or a species affect an entire ecosystem?
How can art be used to raise awareness? • John James Audobon (1785-1851)French- American Ornithologist. Born in Haiti, and raised in France and America. • Natutralist, hunter, and painter • Painted, Catalogued, and described the birds of North America, as well as some mammals • Became an icon of the “new america”