In order to understand the concept of complexity in an ecological community, you have to first know what it is.
Complexity is defined as the number of different species that live in a certain area or ecosystem. This can be measured by how many different types of plants and animals are living there.
The more complex a system is, the less likely it will experience sudden changes because there would be more organisms to buffer against climate change- for example, if one type of plant dies out due to some other cause (e.g., drought), another plant might take its place since they both thrive under similar conditions.
In this blog post we will explore 10 ways that can help increase complexity in your own ecological communities!
Demonstrate how to design a diverse garden from the ground up. Get your kids involved in gardening and discovering new plants. (Example: plant sunflower seeds, dill, cucumbers) Build pollinator-friendly habitats around your property which will encourage native bees and other critters that are crucial for survival of many types of flowering plants.
Organize or create an annual community seed swap where participants bring packets of their saved heirloom seeds to trade with others at a central location. Seeds may be old varieties developed by local growers decades ago as well as recent varieties obtained through commercial sources such as Johnny’s Selected Seed Company or Territorial Seed Company, etc.) __