This biome is found all over the world on every continent. The
environment of the Great Lakes region is blessed with huge forests and wilderness
areas, rich agricultural land, hundreds of tributaries and thousands of
smaller lakes, and extensive mineral deposits. The regions glacial
history and tremendous influence of the lakes create more than 130 rare
species and ecosystems.
The environment supports world-class fishery
and a huge variety of wildlife, such as beavers, muskrats, weasels, mosses
and other fur bearing animals. Bird populations thrive on the various
terrains, some migrating south in the winter, others making permanent
homes. Rare species making their home in the Great Lakes region include
the worlds last known population of the white cats paw pearly mussel, the
copper red horse fish and the Kirtland's warbler.
The regions sand dunes, coastal marshes,
rocky shorelines, lake plain prairies, savannas, forests, fens, wetlands
and other landscapes contain features that are either unique or best represented
within the Great Lakes basin. For example, the world's largest freshwater
dunes line the shores of Lake Michigan.
Existing food web of
Hyper-evoloved food web of Biome
Due to the loss of deer, the raccoon evolved to
fill its place and became a level 1 predator. To do so, they had to change
many of its ways. This had to be done for protection of the raccoon because
it was like the big biber and other larger animals eye candy. Little by little
a different species of raccoon evolved. This kind of raccoon had to grow
in size. It ended up to be 4-5 feet long and 90-110 pounds. To protect itself
from predators, their feet eventually changed to resemble hooves and antlers
sprouted from their heads. These changes were made to fend off animals. Also,
their fur color changed from a dark gray to a lighter brown as a camouflage.
Its appetite also changed from an omnivore to a herbivore. This was done
to have larger animals have a different food source than the smaller animals.
Originally a fox,
the bandito fills the niche of the raccoon and becomes a level 2 land
predator. This organism started off as a fox, and
overtime evolved to become a small, raccoon like orgainism. This happended
by a slow decrease in size and length of legs, and dark rings forming around
the eyes. The fox adapted due to the shortage of fish and absence of deer,
its main food source. Being smaller, it did not need as much food to
It is a trophic
level 3 predator. The original organism is usually 80-120cm long,
thick bodied, pale, yellow/brown, bites are hardless but are very
fast and agile. The new niche Nerodia, is a tropic level 3 predator.
Nerodia is a land snake in the new environment that hyper evolved
from the Lake Erie water snake. It was much bigger and deadlier
because it has to survive in an area with more powerful predators
than the original water snake. It is also much faster, for if the
enemy is overpowering it can then run away to safety.
opportunity in becoming more powerful, the tadpole, traditionally small,
took the place of large fish and became a level 3 water predator. It
is now a level 4 predator, the top predator of the water. After growing
to a whopping 2½ feet and sprouting razor sharp teeth, it is now
a piranha type aquatic creature. To prevent being killed on land by
banditos, big bibers, comedor amarillas, and other top preditors of the
land, the tadpoles stopped growing into frogs while there was a fish shortage.
They figured that as long as they stood clear of the land, they could swim
and reproduce all they wanted, while ruling the water.
Originally a water
shrew, the big biber fills the niche of a bear, becoming a level 3, land
predator. To fill in for the bear, it grew many
times in size, from a fraction of a foot to about 4 1/2 ft long. It
kept the ability to swim, because its clawlike paws are webbed. It evolved
because there were too many large fish around, and something needed to eat
them. Its tail shrunk because there wasnt a use for it
Medium fish are gone. Big Bebers
turned to another source of food, raccoons. To survive, they adapted
to the water, taking the place of their old food. Now, fitting
the niche of the medium fish, raccoons have become level 3 water preditors.
To achieve their new niche, they grew webbed feet, shorter blue hair
(to blend in underwater), and larger lungs. They can now survive underwater
for up to 30 minutes, taking breaths at the surface when needed. Also,
these racoons have a smaller forehead and a more thick, muscular tail, used
as a oar underwater to allow more manuverability. Like dolfins the
Pomidori is aquiring a sence of sonar. As this becomes a larger part
of their behavior, there ears are becoming smaller (they are less neaded).
The raccoon is not fully evolved yet. As seen in the picture above,
there are still tints of brown hair remaining.
It is a tropic level 5 predator.
The original organism is 10 inches long, has 2 wings, scales and a
long mouth. The new niche Zancudos, is a tropic level 2 predator.
Zancudos is a slightly larger version of the moquito that travels
in massive hordes(packs). It has 4 wings instead of 2 so that
it can fly faster and with more agility.
evolved from the Kirkland's Warbler to fill the niche of the birds of prey,
becoming a level 3 predator. In order for this adaptation
to take place, over time, the bird grew largely in size. This occurred for
the lack of birds in the sky. Nothing was eating the bigger or decaying animals
anymore. Since there was still many different species of smaller birds, the
Kirklands warbler eventually evolved to do the dirty work. Slowly, the wing
span became 5 feet. Also, they no longer ate insects. Their teeth and beak
became sharp to bite carcasses and kill prey. Claws were also grown to do