In the area which I live we have an abundance of plant and animal life. I attribute this to the combination of rural and urban settings in which people live here. We have manicured lawns of grass, and fields full of corn, hay, and soybeans. There are ornamental trees in landscaped yards and vast forest areas full of native trees and bushes. One can find yards containing roses, tulips, mums and snapdragons just to name a few, to fields full of wildflowers. We have waterways containing water lilies and cat tails along with milkweeds.
The animal life here runs the gamut of varied wild life to varied domesticated animals. There are both black and brown squirrels, fox, opossum, raccoon, wood chuck, skunk and deer to cows, pigs, goats, sheep and horses. Again, this is just touching the surface.
The geology here ranges from rolling hills to flat open land. There are several lakes, streams, rivers and ponds. We have vast acreages of woods and open farmland. People live in a variety of areas from out in the country on huge acreages to in large cites populated by more than 75,000 people, with everything in between .
I believe that my community is very dependent on this vast ecosystem. Many make their living off of the land and raise their own food from crops to animals. Those who live in the cities depend upon these people to help provide them with the food they need to survive.
The only real limiting factor I see in the ecosystem is that there is not enough land for the growing population. Man is encroaching on the wild life to make room for our expansion. One of the signs of this has been in recent years the deer population is showing up more frequently in urban areas where they never had before. This is most noticeable in winter as their food sources grow scarcer and their numbers continue to increase. They are literally starving to death. Man keeps removing the areas which the deer once fed and lived in to make way for subdivisions and shopping centers. The local government has sponsored controlled hunts to try and thin out the deer population so there is enough food available and to try and keep them out of the urban areas.
In the area which I live we have an abundance of plant and animal life. I attribute this to the combination of rural and urban settings in which people live here. We have manicured lawns of grass, an