Last week’s quiz was huge hit! Were you surprised by what did (or didn’t) know about the place you call home? This week we’re upping the ante with questions about the natural communities of flora and fauna around you. When you think about it, these are nature’s example of the people and groups that are in your life.
This week’s quiz will reveal how good you are at shifting your perspective from “ME” to “WE”. Greater awareness of the natural history and communities around you creates a spill-over effect, heightening your sensitivity to the human groups you live and work with. You’ll notice that you’re more aware of the ripple effects of your actions — and the better you get at this, the better systems thinker you become. Take the quiz, and watch what happens when you’re back at the office or at home!
The Natural History Quiz – Week Two
I know it’s tempting, but don’t rely on your good friend Google to answer the questions until you’ve given it your best shot. First, take an educated guess, then ask your friends or colleagues to see if more heads are better than one. Enjoy, and let us know what you discover in the comments!
1) Name five native edible plants in your neighborhood and the season(s) they are available.
2) Name five birds that live here. Which are migratory and which stay put?
3) Where is the nearest wilderness area? When was the last time a fire burned through it?
4) What minerals are found in the ground here that are (or were) economically valuable?
5) Name three wild species that were not found here 500 years ago.
6) What primary geological processes or events shaped the land here?
7) Right here, how deep do you have to drill before you reach water?
8) Where is the nearest earthquake fault? When did it last move?
9) What species once found here have gone extinct?
10) Name one invasive plant and how it is changing your landscape.
What was the dominant land cover plant here 10,000 years ago?
Give yourself one point for each unassisted correct answer.
1-3 It’s hard to be in two places at once when you’re not anywhere at all.
4-5 You’ve got a firm grasp of the obvious.
6-7 You’re paying attention.
8-9 You know where you’re at.
10-11 You not only know where you’re at, you know where it’s at.
You won’t want to miss the next week’s quiz — this one will really challenge your knowledge of place! See you then.