Question: How has human activity shaped animal & plant diversity in NYC?
Human activity shaped animal and plant diversity a lot in NYC. New York City has many high rise buildings that affect the migration patterns for birds that are migrating from South America to Canada. In Wild Nights by Anne Matthews, there are many deaths to birds, because they fly into the glass of high rise buildings and then get killed. This happens around Wall Street and 42nd street where the birds are attracted to the bright lights and glass. However, New York City also shapes the animal and plant diversity in both positive and negative ways.
Aside from the birds dying because they are attracted to the lights and glass, there are other ways in which human activity limits the animal and plant diversity. The temperature happens to also be a problem, since the colder the winter less plants are growing and fewer animals are around. Another problem is that there's pollution, caused by humans, from traffic problems and by using a lot of oil to get around. This causes damage to plants growing, and causing them to change, by not letting them grow or also changing where the plant cannot function properly. Many animals cannot tolerate the pollution, even humans cannot tolerate pollution, and however we still cause pollution.
However, even though there's pollution in New York City, there's also an urban ecosystem. In this ecosystem, there are wetlands, meadows, and forests, and there's a large thriving population of diverse plants and animals in these ecosystems. The different wetlands in New York City, such as freshwater wetlands and salt marches are similar through the plants and animals both share a mutual relationship and interact with each other well enough. In the meadows, allow diverse animals to live there, and over time the meadows transform themselves into being an area as a wetland, where animals and plants share a mutual relationship and interact with each other well enough. A forest, also like wetland, allows diverse animals and plants to grow.
Aside, for New York City having meadows, wetlands, and forests, there happen to be land for animal and plants, in habitats protecting animals and plants from human activity. Many people help out, by cleaning up parks, such as Central Park, or helping out in the community, by cleaning the garbage on the street left behind through human activity. The parks are important because the state government help give money for animal protection, and wildlife preserves, where there were lands given to them for these reservations and wildlife preserves which protect animals.
Many people help out through their human activity to protect the environment, while other people don't help out through their human activity, and end up destroying the environment. There's so many ways in which through human activity can shape the animal and plant diversity through the negative impacts and the positive impacts. All that can be changed are the negative impacts, and only through expressing concerns of helping protect the animal and plant diversity could help to keep and thrive the animal and plant diversity here in NYC.