The Habitat Around Us
When I walk on Venice Beach’s sandy grounds I begin to wonder about the habitat that is around here. Before this internship, I never would have thought there would be much habitat because it’s just sand, water, and residences. Now I view the beach differently, and I really explore and notice my surroundings, I find myself in awe that there are loads of habitats that one would not even consider a habitat. The one thing I always think about when seeking a habitat is whether a place has food, water, and shelter. The first habitat I spotted, of course, were the houses by the beach. These houses have the three main things for it to be considered a habitat and this habitat is for humans. I then went more in depth about this concept because humans aren’t the only creatures that live in beautiful well-built houses but pets do too! Pets consist of a variety of animals such as cats, dogs, fish, snakes, etc., these houses are habitats for them. Wait there is more! Not only humans and pets live in these houses by the beach but pests as well! These houses unintentionally become habitat for what many of us consider pests such as mice, roaches, spiders, ants, etc. it’s amusing to discover how many habitats surround me. The next thing I spot is the least tern colony. That small secluded habitat is filled with sand dunes and vegetation. Though not completely covered in vegetation, it is a perfect place least terns to nest. The ocean provides food for the least terns to feed themselves and their fledglings. Occasionally killdeers and other birds, especially predators, will check the place out for food. I search the sand for snowy plovers but this sandy habitat is what makes it almost impossible. It makes me wonder if the plovers laugh at us and at predators because we cannot spot them with ease? This sand provides shelter for the snowy plovers, also providing food of Diptera (kelp flies which eat rotting seaweed) and invertebrates on kelp that washes up on shore from the ocean. Speaking of invertebrates! The wet sand is also habitat for them too! I then look at the tall palm trees in which crows, house sparrows, and other birds will hang out on. This is another form of habitat for birds to nest since by these palm trees food can be found below either provided by humans or nature. Everywhere I look there is an abundance of habitat to be seen or found and I find that very important when having an open mind to the possibility that there is much more than meets the eye.