Ivory Billed Woodpecker Case Study

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The Case of the Ivory-Billed Woodpecker: Brad and Mary discuss the discovery of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Brad says his team and himself have found proof that the bird is in fact still alive. Mary does not believe that Brad should risk publishing the discovery to the world without great evidence. Including a list of Brad’s arguments and Mary’s responses: “A video clip clearly showing a quite large bird that has the distinctive white wing patterns of the Ivory-billed Woodpecker” - “How can you be sure it’s an Ivory-bill, why not a Pileated woodpecker? They have big white patches on the underside of their wings.” “We have 17,000 hours of sound that include kent calls” - “Your sound may sound just like an ivory-billed Woodpecker, but guess…show more content…
The areas where there is a balance in climate and a good food supply would be the control group. Making the control group a steady area will ensure that the effects are due to the coyote treatment rather than natural complications. The population of the mesopredators would be monitored. Part I (b): Part II: If the coyotes were to be removed, I predict that the mesopredator species will increase in population. Also, the animals may become more dominant because there is no longer a natural predator to fear. Part III: Question) The mesopredator population increased dramatically after the coyotes were taken out of the area. Prediction) The rodent population may have decreased more over time after the treatment because the larger mesopredator animals would need a food source and rodents are at bottom of the food web. Part IV: Question) The primary factor controlling rodent population growth may be the fact that there is longer a large number of predators for them

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