By: Bonnie Jackson, Khammila Shimray, Sierra Green and Clarisa Belman
How does energy move through an ecosystem?
Well, we’re here to tell you how. In science class, we’ve been learning about different cycles that occur through our everyday lives. Such as, the nitrogen cycle, carbon cycle, photosynthesis cycle and water cycle.
So why is this important? Well, all cycles are essential to our life on Earth. All of these systems and cycles work together to maintain sustainability. Energy is everywhere and is constantly traveling. Our only source og gaining energy is from plants. Unfortunately, there are also plant predators in our ecosystems, Mrs. Mokry, a Master Gardener warned us about them. Mrs. Mokry described her frustration with pests that ate her beautiful tomato plants. Such as, rabbits, mice, fungi, bacteria, viruses and insects. She also explained how important it is to have have good bugs that will help protect our plants. “The good guys are butterflies, ladybugs, lacewings, spiders, and ground beetles.” Of course, many of us were frightened of the thought of having to pick off insects, so we were very grateful to have this option. We were also very excited to have bugs because, we would be able to create an ecosystem. Hopefully, with our little “helpers” we will be able to produce healthy vegetables for the teachers to enjoy.