S: Urban Ecology
FC: Urban Ecology
1: Before we go too far it is important that we understand what exactly the term "Urban Ecology" means....
2: Ecology (ecol-ogy, n,): The study of the flora and fauna in a region. Coined by the German zoologist Ernst Haeckel in 1873, the word ecology was derived from the Greek roots Oikos meaning "house" or "home" and logia meaning the "study of"
3: Urban (ur-ban, adj.): Of or related to a city or city life. the word urban was derived from the Latin root Urbanus meaning "of the city"
4: Urban Ecology (ur-ban ecol-ogy, n,): The study of the flora and fauna in a city. | So lets put these words together
5: Often times when people think of ecology they think of this | Or this
6: But did you know that there is a great deal of ecology right here in your own back yard?
7: Worcester supports a broad array of life including... | this frog.... | This butterfly... | and these turkeys...!
8: You can see examples of symbiosis in the city... | and predator prey relationships
9: So why do we often think of this... | and not this, when we think of ecology?
10: When we are going about our daily lives sometimes it is easy to over look the life around us, but us humans are living right along side some amazing wildlife right here in the city!
11: We can find examples from each of the six kingdoms right in our own backyards | Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Protista, Archaea, and Bacteria
12: Now that we know a little bit more about what might be found around us in our urban ecosystem, here are some questions to think about: 1. What is an ecosystem? 2. What is an urban ecosystem? 3. How do these two concepts differ? 4. In an urban environment, are humans part of the ecosystem? Why or why not? 5. What are the major components of our Urban Ecosystem?