Environment and Ecology


What is a community?

The term used by ecologists to describe a group of populations of different species living in the same place at the same time is “community.” This is a concise way of describing the organisms likely to be affected by any change to the local environment. For example, suppose you wanted to study not just the sparrows living in your backyard but also the insects they feed to their young and the plants that those insects eat; you would be studying a “community.”


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