Ecology, Nature Sleuth Fun Facts and Insects Test Review

 

Make sure you can answer the following questions!

1. Define ecology, biotic and abiotic.

 

2. Know the difference between population and community.

 

3. Be able to define ecosystem, habitat and niche.

 

4. Be able to diagram food chains (be careful of your arrow directions) and food webs.

 

5. Know what is a keystone species and give examples in this region.

 

6. What are the components of the ecological pyramid?

  • Know the terms Autotroph/ Producers, Primary Consumer/ Herbivore, Secondary Consumer/ Carnivore and Tertiary Consumer.
  • How do biomass levels change as you go up the pyramid? Why?
  • What is the major source of energy for most living things?
  • What role does a scavenger and decomposer play in the ecological pyramid?

 

7. What is an omnivore and be able to give examples.

 

8. How does bioacculumation differ from biomagnification?

 

9. Know how spiders differ from insects.

 

10. What insect eats milkweed for protection?

 

11. Understand the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

 

12. Know fun facts on the following animals:

skunk, virginia opossum, chipmunk, crows, squirrels, grasshoppers, centipedes, beaver

 

13. Know the medicinal or useful traits of the following plants:

sage, common mullein, willow, mugwort

 

14. Know fun facts on the following plants:

lemon balm, red maple tree, spotted knapweed, salvia

 

Extra Credit: Be able to match the following insects with their families: For answers check out: Organism notes

Insects:
Butterflies
Bees
Beetles
Mosquitos
Stinkbugs
Dragonflies
Praying Mantis

Families:
Orthoptera
Coleoptera
Odonata
Hemiptera
Lepidotera
Diptera
Hymenoptera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ecology, Experimentation, Plant ID and Insects Test Review

 

Make sure you can answer the following questions!

1. Using the scientific method, be able to set up a hypothetical experiment to solve a problem.

 

2. Know the difference between population and community.

 

3. Be able to define ecology, habitat and niche.

 

4. Be able to diagram food chains (be careful of your arrow directions) and food webs.

 

5. Know what is a keystone species and give examples in this region.

 

6. What are the components of the ecological pyramid?

  • Know the terms Autotroph/ Producers, Primary Consumer/ Herbivore, Secondary Consumer/ Carnivore and Tertiary Consumer.
  • How do biomass levels change as you go up the pyramid? Why?
  • What is the major source of energy for most living things?
  • What role does a scavenger and decomposer play in the ecological pyramid?

 

7. How does bioacculumation differ from biomagnification?

 

8. How does primary succession differ from secondary succession?

 

9. Know your pioneer species!

 

10. Be able to match the 8 different habitats on our school property with their descriptions.

 

11. Know how spiders differ from insects.

 

12. Understand the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis.

 

13. Know the following animals of the day!

Bear, coyote, long tailed weasel, gray fox, deer, skunk

 

13. Using leaves and bark be able to identify the following plants:

Mugwort
Oak Tree
Goldenrod
Witchhazel
Virginia Creeper
Musclewood
White Wood Aster
Grape Vine
Christmas Fern
Beech Tree
Red Maple Tree
Poison Ivy Vine
Shagbark Hickory Tree

 

Extra Credit: Be able to match the following insects with their families: For answers check out: Organisms notes

Insects:
Butterflies
Bees
Beetles
Mosquitos
Stinkbugs
Dragonflies
Praying Mantis

Families:
Orthoptera
Coleoptera
Odonata
Hemiptera
Lepidotera
Diptera
Hymenoptera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be able to identify the tracks of Coyote, Dog, Black Bear, Gray Squirrel, Cottontail Rabbit, White Tailed Deer, Bobcat, Northern Racoon, Great Blue Heron, Blue Jay, Woodpecker, Canada Goose, Striped Skunk, Snake, Beetle, Mouse and Beaver.

  • How do you tell a squirrel from a rabbit tract?
  • How do you tell a coyote from a dog track? Know the term direct register.
  • Which animals have four toes and which have five?

9. Know the terms resource partitioning and competitive exclusion.

10. Know the predator tricks and evasive techniques of prey.

  • Camouflage
  • Nasty Odors
  • Poisons
    • What insect eats milkweed for protection?
  • Mimicry
  • Spines
  • Eye spots

11. Know the different types of symbiosis: Commensalism, Mutualism, Parasitism, and Neutralism. Be able to give examples of each.

12. Using buds and bark be able to identify the following plants:


White Pine
Eastern Hemlock
Eastern Red Cedar
American Beech
Oak
Black Birch
Red Maple
White Ash
Catalypa
Shagbark Hickory
Basswood
Flowering Dogwood
Sycamore
American Larch

  • What are some uses of cedar?

13. Know features about the following animals:

Beaver, Red Fox, White Tailed deer, Black bear, Bobcat

 

Extra Credit: Be able to match the following insects with their families: For answers check out: Organisms notes

Insects:
Butterflies
Bees
Beetles
Mosquitos
Stinkbugs
Dragonflies
Praying Mantis

Families:
Orthoptera
Coleoptera
Odonata
Hemiptera
Lepidotera
Diptera
Hymenoptera

 

 

Field Biology 5-week Test Review

Make sure you can answer the following questions!

1. Know the accomplishments of the following famous environmentalists: John James Audubon, Frederic Edwin Church, Thomas Cole, Henry David Thoreau, Charles Darwin, Teddy Roosevelt, John Muir, Rachel Carson, James Lovelock, Jane Goodall, E.O. Wilson, Julia Butterfly Hill, Al Gore, Chris Jordan, Andy Goldsworthy, and William Beebe.

2. Know how the shape of a bird’s bill impacts what it eats. Know the bill shape of a bird that eats insects, nector, carrion, fish, seeds, and filter feeds.

3. What are some differences between birds and reptiles?

4. How does a bird nest reflect the type of habitat it lives in? Be able to identify the nest of an hummingbird, oriole, robin, eagle, bobwhite, woodpecker, emu and burrowing owl.

3. Know the different types of symbiosis: Commensalism, Mutualism, Parasitism, and Neutralism. Be able to give examples of each.

4. Be able to diagram food chains and food webs.

5. What is a keystone species?

6. What are the components of the ecological pyramid?

  • How does the biomass change from level to level?
  • Know the terms Autotroph/ Producers, Primary Consumer/ Herbivore, Secondary Consumer/ Carnivore and Tertiary Consumer.
  • How do biomass levels change as you go up the pyramid? Why?
  • What is the major source of energy for most living things?

7. Be able to identify the tracks of Coyote, Dog, Black Bear, Gray Squirrel, Cottontail Rabbit, White Tailed Deer, Bobcat, Northern Racoon, Opossum, Bullfrog, Canada Goose, Barn Owl, Great Blue Heron, Striped Skunk, Duck, Wild Pig, Robin, Snake, Beetle, and Mouse.

8. How do you tell a squirrel from a rabbit tract?

9. Using buds, bark, and nuts and bark be able to identify the following plants:

Cattail
Goldenrod
Purple loosestrife
Reed Grass
Aster
Spotted Knotweed
White Pine
Milkweed
Mullen
Queen Anne's Lace
Pin Oak
American Beech
Raspberry
Wild Grapes
Common Mullein
White Pine
Eastern Hemlock
Cedar
Milkweed

10. How does a spider differ from insects?

11. What insect eats milkweed for protection?

12. What are some uses of cedar?

13. How do you tell a coyote from a dog track?

14. What role does a scavenger and decomposer play in the ecological pyramid?

Extra Credit: Be able to match the following insects with their families:

Insects:
Butterflies
Bees
Beetles
Mosquitos
Stinkbugs
Dragonflies
Praying Mantis

Families:
Orthoptera
Coleoptera
Odonata
Hemiptera
Lepidotera
Diptera
Hymenoptera