Florida Bay Intro Quiz
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Does the mixing of salt and freshwater create ecosystem productivity?
Question 1 Explanation:
Yes. High nutrient levels in the Florida Bay estuary support large concentrations of submerged plants and prey fish, which in turn provide food for many species of fish-eating birds.
Is Florida Bay home to both resident and migratory bird species?
Question 2 Explanation:
Yes. During the winter, birds like American White Pelicans add to the diversity and density of birds found in Florida Bay. Other species utilize the bay during their spring and fall migrations.
The health of Florida Bay only impacts the animals that live there.
Question 3 Explanation:
False. Florida Bay supports both commercial and sport fisheries, as well as attracts numerous visitors to the area to enjoy its beauty and wildlife. A healthy estuary will support much-needed jobs in various economic sectors.
Are pelagic whale species found in Florida Bay?
Question 4 Explanation:
No. Florida Bay is very shallow and does not offer good habitat for extremely large mammals like whales. Florida Bay is, however, home to Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, and endangered species like the West Indian manatee and the American crocodile.
Florida Bay is mostly encompassed within the protective boundaries of Everglades National Park, so it doesn’t need to be restored.
Question 5 Explanation:
No. Canals, levees, and development outside of park boundaries have reduced freshwater flows to Everglades National Park. Its location at the southern terminus of the Everglades ecosystem has resulted in severe reductions in freshwater flows Florida Bay, which must be reestablished to restore the ecosystem.
Have scientific studies demonstrated the relationship between freshwater flows and the health of Florida Bay?
Question 6 Explanation:
Yes. Numerous studies have concluded that the amount of freshwater flow Florida Bay receives determines its productivity.
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