Ecologists use the catch-and-release technique to estimate the size and population of different species. This way, species of the Ecologists conserved while getting an accurate population size
With an abundance of prey the creature has an opportunity to grow larger
With a better environment the bobcats have an opportunity to flourish as well. Ecologists will study how much prey is left in the assigned area to determine the size of the Bobcat. If there is an abundance of prey, it represents that the size is large in the bobcat population.
The more the dissolved oxygen the better the ecosystem. Less nitrates and phosphates would also make a great ph of close to 7
The ideal range for phosphates and nitrates is 0. the Ideal PH is between 6.5 and 7.5. The ideal D.O level is 6ppm and above. The ideal temperature is 70 degrees and below and for turbidity you want clear water.
Like all organisms I think my creature would flourish in the Powdermill environment. But in acid and marsh it would not because like most organisms they do not flourish in poor environments. If one creature would die out my creature would suffer because it creates an imbalance in the ecosystem. Also if it was bobcat prey it would even more suffer and not likely survive without intervention.
A streams temperature and turbidity are very important. If a stream is cloudy creature cannot hunt. The pH level at Powdermill is at 7.0, which is at perfect conditions.
For places outside Powdermill like in acid mines and marshes, water is covered with nitrates and phosphates, that would be an indication that there is something wrong because the water is contaminated.
Ph controls how the plants utilize nutrients. Nitrogen is essential for a properly functioning plant metabolism. Phosphorus is important for proper root function. The Potash is important for the stimulation of flowers.
The ideal ranges of chemicals above the soil is above 6.5 to 7.5
If chemical levels are out of their range the environment will suffer and die out because they depend on a balance in the ecosystem.
With the current stream being very healthy I feel that my creature would do nothing but benefit from that.
Since the current stream, marsh and mine waters are healthy, it means that the environment is good for the Bobcat.
Because the mine waters are healthy, this benefits the Bobcats because it restrains pollution out of the stream and if the stream is polluted, it cleans out the organisms in the stream, and this will not permit the chipmunk to survive because it affects the whole food web.
There are factors that positively affect the riparian zone such as planting trees, no littering, and saving the natural habitat.
Planting a tree is a very useful technique because provides shade for the forest, the stream, and the bobcat,
This is practical because it keeps the temperature of the stream down to safe temperatures and provides a home and hunting environment for the bobcat
Factors that can negatively affect the riparian zone are dead animals in the stream and the burning of fossil fuels from power plants.
This is very harmful to the bobcat because it destroys its environment and harms the bobcats living conditions.
I learned many things about the ecosystem and how it works. I learned about how the carbon, phosphorus, and nitrogen cycles all work. I learned about how all of the organisms of the earth contribute the ecosystems well being and its all a cycle. I learned all about macro-invertebrates, and how they affect water quality and how they live. Lastly, I learned how my creature the bobcat contributes to the ecosystem.
The thing I found most interesting was my creature. The Bobcat has a very instinctual way of eating. Bobcats are strictly meat eaters. Stealthy hunters, they stalk their prey, then pounce and (if successful) kill with a bite to the vertebrae of the neck!
Another environmental topic I would like to cover is weather. I am interested in meteorology and I would like to do a presentation on that.