How a forest grows
Description: forest growth
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Patterns: Patterns occur when producers, primary consumers and secondary consumers do what they do best, producing food, eating plants and eating smaller animals. When producers grow, smaller animals like mice and rabbits come to eat the producers causing owls and snakes to come eat the smaller animals. Then the animals leave because there is no more food. New producers (trees) cause the animals to come again and make shelter in the trees. Then the secondary consumers come back to eat the smaller animals. This pattern is repeated even after the forest is grown.
Over time: Over time every stage has certain things in them and it takes time for every stage to proceed to the next stage. It sometimes takes 50 years for the first stage to reach the middle stage, 100 years to reach the climax stage and 50 years to finalize. Death happens over time when trees grow higher over the years , creating shade so other plants don\'t get enough sunlight, alas killing the other trees and the weeds. Succession happens over time when a producer dies and a different producer takes its place.
Trends: The trends of an animalís population go up and down over the years. It goes up and down due to pollution, fires, poachers, diseases, floods, and reproduction. Every year of forest growth the scientists that look at the habitat chart the trends of animal growth checking if the growing habitat is safe for certain animals.
From different points of view: The producers see the growing forest as a chance to grow larger and wider. The primary consumers that come see this as an opportunity to find food and shelter inside the trees. Lastly, the secondary consumers see this as an opportunity to fatten up and some to find a home on the ground or in a tree.