Importance of Structure

Habitat Network: Improving Habitat at Home

Importance of Structure

Ithaca, New York 14850, United States

Created By: Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Point of Interest Details

Structure can mean a lot of things, but at its most basic it means the plant structures--such as trees, shrubs, logs, snags, cactuses, or grasses--are used to support animal life. Structure provides birds and other animals places to hide from predators, to search for food or nesting material, to perch while looking for mates or prey, and to build nests or dens. In many ways it’s so obvious that it’s odd to point out: of course birds need trees! What might come as a surprise, however, is the need for structural diversity. Birds need a variety of vegetation heights to maximize their opportunities for safe feeding and breeding. High canopy structure, like trees in different heights and shapes, mid-level vegetation, such as shrubs, and structure close to the ground in the form of rock piles, leaf litter, or ground cover all fulfill slightly different purposes. A diversity of cover promotes healthy habitat. Click here to learn more.

This tour was created by the Habitat Network, a citizen science project designed to cultivate a richer understanding of wildlife habitat, for both professional scientists and people concerned with their local environments.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about wildlife habitat. This concludes the tour.

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