Byrne Creek Forest contains several smaller ecosystems:
Some areas of Byrne Creek Park are more densely forested than others, and Byrne Creek itself (which runs through the park) provides moisture variance. This means that different species will thrive in each area of the park. We will consider 3 ecosystems within the park: -The clearings that border Edmonds SkyTrain (near the dot on the map) -The much denser conifer forest to the West (near the arrow at top/right) -The bottom of the ravine, right at the creek's edge
Here is a map of the forest.
Our goal with this website is to catalogue the biodiversity of Byrne Creek Park and to develop an appreciation for the life within.
What is Biodiversity?
Biodiversity exists when there is variety in the living creatures in an environment. We value genetic biodiversity within a single species, species biodiversity within a community, and diversity of ecosystems within an area.
Why should we care about Biodiversity?
Genetic variation within a species has two benefits. First, having a variety of genes (largely as a result of sexual reproduction) creates a species with a range of strengths and weaknesses. When factors in the environment change, there are likely to be some members who have what it takes to adapt and survive. The species is stronger and more able to adapt/evolve because of genetic diversity. Also, a broader gene pool lessens the chance of doubling up on certain harmful traits.
Species biodiversity matters greatly to our food web and to the health of an ecosystem. This year we will learn how very much all species depend on one another, whether it's for food, for habitat, for protection, or for other reasons. In a diverse ecosystem, each species occupies a specific niche and a delicate balance of factors exists. .
Are you ready to see what we found right in our own back yard?