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Mono Lake Food Web

Creating a food web with information given about organisms at Mono Lake.

Kathryn M

on 12 February 2015

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Mono Lake Food Web
Learning Target:
I can identify the relationships in an ecosystem needed to sustain life.
Primary Consumer
Secondary Consumer
Third-Level Consumer (Tertiary Consumer)
Answer the following questions on a 3x5 index card.
1. What do all food webs need to sustain life?

2. Where do plans get the energy that they need?
Brine Shrimp
Eats Planktonic algae that grows in the lake.
Lives under the lakes surface.
Is prey to many migratory birds.
California Gull
Eats brine flies and brine shrimp
Chicks and eggs are hunted by coyotes.
Migrates to Mono Lake's islands to nest.
Will also eat Caspian tern and their eggs.
Brine Fly
Eats Benthic algae
Lays eggs under the surface of Mono Lake's water.
The reason why Mono Lake is referred to the place of the flies.
Eaten by many migratory birds.
Planktonic Algae
Benthic Algae
Makes their own food through the process of photosynthesis.
Eaten by the brine flies.
Grows from the bottom of the lake.
Makes its own food through the process of photosynthesis.
Floats on the surface of the water.
Eaten by brine shrimp and Red-necked phalaropes.
Caspian tern
Snowy Plover
Wilson's phalarope
Red-necked phalarope
Eared grebe
Eats brine shrimp.
The California gull will eat both the bird and its eggs.
Feeds on both the brine shrimp and the brine fly.
Prey to the coyote.
Feeds on the Planktonic algae and the brine shrimp.
Falls prey to coyotes.
Consumes brine shrimp.
The coyotes hunt for these birds.
Hunts many of the migratory birds in the Mono Lake area.
Uses land bridges to get to islands when water recedes.
Is the top predatory in the ecosystem.
Consumes both the brine flies and brine shrimp.
Is prey to the coyote.
Primary Consumer:
Secondary Consumer:
Third-Level Consumers (Tertiary):
An organism that feeds on producers (plants) only. The first consumers in their food chains.
Examples: Sheep, Cows, and Insects
An organism that is a carnivore and feeds on herbivores. They are the second consumer in their food chains.
Examples: Snakes and Birds
An organism that feeds on carnivores and is at the top of the food web. Rarely have other organisms as predators. Generally have smaller populations. They are the third consumer in their food chains.
Examples: Wolves, Hawks, and Sharks
BrainPop Food Chain Game
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