Live near water usually marches, rivers, or streams.
Build a lodge, or house out of aquatic plants, usually cattails. Very similar to beaver lodge
Muskrats prefer to sleep during the day and are more active at night
Make holes in stream banks for protection.
And build feeding platforms
The muskrat is an omnivore and eats a variety of plants and animals. It depends upon any of the following: cattails, acorns, crayfish, frogs snails, or pondweeds. It shares a predator/prey relationship.
Predators of the muskrat: raccoon red fox, or snakes. These animals depend directly upon the muskrat.
• Predators of the muskrat: raccoon red fox, or snakes. These animals depend directly upon the muskrat. • Muskrats mark their territory by using urine, similar to dogs
The muskrat indirectly is effected by turbidity in its habitat in the mine because it eats organisms that are negatively effected by pollution.
For example, the crayfish or frog could have trouble seeing their prey because of high turbidity in the water. Higher temperatures means less dissolved oxygen making it hard for them to breath. Therefore, they could not catch food and die, and muskrats could not eat.
The stream is the prime habitat for the muskrat. A marsh and mine would cause a harder survival rate for muskrats.
With the current conditions of the water the muskrat could survive in the stream. But the marsh temperature would be harder for life. The mine is very acidic, so it would kill of most aquatic life.
Cool water streams (low temperature) are best and low turbidity for steams.
Fill it up, collapse it, and put pipes to one central panel
For farms and septic runoff?
Trap water in waste water septic system and use buffer zone
Abandoned mine drainage
Algae growing on top of water, not allowing photosynthesis to be through
Positive factors effecting Riparian zone:
Good shade, cool water
Class 1 invertebrates present
Conclusion I learned that certain organisms can help you determine the health of your stream. For example, if you find a mayfly you would know that your stream is healthy because they are a very pollution-intolerant organism I found the abandoned mine drainage interesting, because it is so deep in the ground but still effects our water and streams. I also think it is interesting that in the mine the water is clear, but once it receives oxygen it turns orange. I would be interested in researching turbidity further. Most of the water we gathered had low turbidity. What would be an example of high turbidity? Where would we find that water? And what is the cause of it?
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