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Quiz 3 Article Critique

Quiz 3 Article Critique - BetsyDistelburger PlBio240 Quiz3...

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Betsy Distelburger 11/26/08 Pl Bio 240 Quiz 3 Article Critique for Quiz 3 Nature in the Suburbs Jane Shaw starts off the article stating that despite what many people think about America and how it is becoming less rural, it is still becoming an environment more conducive to animals. Animals that were once seen as on their way to extinction are now showing up in the most unsuspecting of places. Bears in New Jersey and eagles in Virginia are just a few of the many examples. While many people find it quite amusing that such wildlife is so pleased with inhabited places in America it causes many problems, as well, having wildlife in such populated places. One might wonder where these animals are coming from. Shaw provides two theories to explain the sudden and unsuspecting increase in wildlife in suburban areas. The first theory is natural reforestation, which has been happening especially in the east, as farming in the east has declined steadily. The decrease in farming allows for the growth of trees in areas that they had been unable to grow in for years. The second theory is suburbanization. Suburbanization is the process of populations moving to somewhere not quite urban but not quite rural. In fact 50% of all people live in suburban areas. Suburbanization provides shrubbery and foliage that attract animals more than one might think. While suburbanization cuts down trees and changes much of the current shrubbery; it provides new greenery when people landscape their properties, build man-made ponds and even plant trees. Larry Harris, a biologist at the University of Florida, explains that these changes in ecosystems are providing environments advantageous for medium-sized animals. While many environmentalists vote for moratoriums and adamantly oppose development, the article provides some of the positive impacts development can have on the environment. One such impact is the return of once endangered species. The species that was once endangered and is now one of the major species inhabiting the suburbs are the white-tailed deer, once named Key Deer, because they were only found in the Florida Keys. Suburbanization has brought a species
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