Natural disasters like fires, tornados, and hurricanes can ruin a whole ecosystem. Think of what your family would have to do if a fire burned down your house. Plants and animals also have to find and build new homes too!
If a new species is introduced into an ecosystem, they can upset the healthy balance that ecosystem once had.
What if a new species of jungle cat was introduced into the rainforest? There would be more competition for the black panther to find food. This may result in the extinction of the black panther.
Ecosystems All living and nonliving things are involved in one ecosystem or another. All organisms are responsible for their role in their ecosystem. Our ecosystem lesson will move us into our biome lesson next week!
K-7 Standard L.EC: Develop an understanding of the interdependence of the variety of populations, communities and ecosystems, including those in the Great Lakes region. Develop an understanding of different types of interdependence and that biotic (living) and abiotic (non-living) factors affect the balance of an ecosystem. Understand that all organisms cause changes, some detrimental and others beneficial, in the environment where they live.
L.EC.E.1 Interactions- Organisms interact in various ways including providing food and shelter to one another. Some interactions are helpful; others are harmful to the organism and other organisms.