Edge Effect on the Salmon Hole

The forest surrounding the Winooski River is relatively small in width with a main road only about 200 yards away from the river. This ecosystem harbors many aquatic and terrestrial species but the edge effect plays a crucial role in the lack of biodiversity. When a natural landscape is heavily divided there is substantial decrease in the number of species, population size, reproductive ability, availability of food, and many other factors important for the well-being of an ecosystem. I think the lack of forest interior species in this landscape is proof of the drastic impacts of the edge effect.However, there has been evidence of small mammals like voles, shrew, and fishers living around the Winooski.

~ by kpdonova on April 15, 2018.

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