Understanding the ecosystem food chains at Jingeri

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How do we link ecosystem services, environmental management and grazing managment systems, so that we holistically and sustainably manage Jingei at both the landscape and the property scale in tandem.

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Understanding the ecosystem food chains at Jingeri

  1. 1. The Jingeri Food web By Tracy and Sine Finnegan.
  2. 2. What makes up a food web? A food web is made up of lots of food chains They consist of Producers, Consumers and decomposers They have large amounts of herbivores and carnivores The producer: sun or energy is converted into living plants The consumer: bird or koala, dingo or eagle the decomposer: fungi and soil animals Together all these are linked to create ecosystems
  3. 3. What parts of a food web make up the Jingeri Ecosystem?
  4. 4. Primary producers Energy from the sun Nutrients in the soil Energy stored in the plant and some escapes (heat)
  5. 5. Consumers Herbivores Carnivores
  6. 6. Decomposers: Natures recyclers minerals Manure/compost/ dead things Soils in which the primary producers grow Fungi: • Yeasts • Molds • Mushrooms Soil animals: • worms • dung beetles • centipedes
  7. 7. How does all that fit together??? Consumers Decomposers Producers
  8. 8. What special ecosystems do we have at Jingeri?
  9. 9. Glossy Black Cockatoo Open Woodland/she-oak ecosystems Allocasuarina = She-oak • Open grassy woodland • Mixed Eucalypts • Nests in large hollows in old trees • Glossy Blacks will only eat the cones from the she-oaks • The cones are called “orts” • Under threat because of land clearing of its food & habitat trees
  10. 10. Long Nosed Potoroo Open Woodland Ecosystems • • • • • • Open grassy eucalypt forests With a diversity of native grass species Eats fungi, seeds and insects Fungi is very important part of their diet Fungi essential to make healthy soils As a decomposer it is responsible for Nutrient cycling into soils and plants • Helps make the nutrients trapped inside dead plants and animals available for the plants and animals to use for energy. • Under threat by predation from dogs, cats and foxes. • Known to live in the same ecosystem as the Hastings River Mouse and the Eastern Bristle Bird.
  11. 11. Hastings River Mouse Eastern Bristle Bird
  12. 12. Koala Eucalypt forest Ecosystems • Eats only eucalyptus leaves from 19 out of 600 species of eucalypt trees. • Relies on healthy ground cover between food and habitat trees to move safely on the ground. • Threatened by habitat loss and predation from dogs and foxes. • Suffers from a disease called Chlamydia which occurs in stressed animals. • Koalas are becoming more and more threatened in SEQ because of humans
  13. 13. Everything in an ecosystem is connected to everything else: They are “interconnected” Fungi & Soil animals: Nutrient & carbon cycling Carnivores: Soils Predators Suns energy Plants: Herbivores: Consumers Water & carbon cycling
  14. 14. What have we learned? • Everything in a foodweb is connected Food Chain Food Web • Lots of different foodwebs make up an Ecosystem • Healthy soils are vital to make sure energy and nutrients are available plants Ecosystem
  15. 15. Thank you for listening  What kinds of ecosystems or foodwebs are there in your back yard?

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