Nature Journaling for Biomimicry: Entry 2

Prompt 2: A Unique Niche*


  • What does this organism do during the day?

Pigeons search for food and eat during the day. They walk around streets and parks and if food isn’t found in that place, they will fly to another place.

  • Does it do something different during the night?

During night time, pigeons find a place to roost upon or go back to their nests. Places like windows are very frequent, they look for a place that is relatively sheltered and flat enough to build a nest. If they are not nesting at night, pigeons may find a nearby perch of some kind. Pigeons are not nocturnals, thats why they don’t usually fly at night time. If they do fly, it would be due to a laud noise, human presence or something that scares them.

  • How do its colors and textures help it do its work?

I found different colour pigeons around New York City. Their features colors range from grey, brown, black and white. Most of them are grey or blackl with smalls features of other colors. I think that the dark color helps them camuflage at night as they are not nocturnal. Their feathers also keeps them warm in cold weather.

  • Is it isolated or does it live within a community?

Pigeons are more often seen with other pigeons, as a group. Although they can also be by themselves.

  • How does it acquire nutrients?

They primally eat grass seeds and berries, they also eat insects and spiders, but now as much as vegeraries.The size of a pigeons helps them fly around the natural enviroment eg. parks,trees and get their food. Their sharp peak helps them be able to dig in into places and find insects, spiders etc.

  • Does it produce any “wastes” or by-products?

They excreete white pastry (poop) anywhere they want, eg. cars, parks, streets etc.

  • How does it relate to other organisms?

Pigeons eat other organism such as plants( grass seeds and berries) or other animals (insects and spiders). These other animals might also be eaten by  other animals.

  • Does the individual’s impact in the ecosystem change over its lifetime.

Animal waste, like the pigeon’s poop doesn’t just decompose. When it rains, and waste is left on the ground, it eventually breaks down and washes into the water supply, polluting rivers, streams, creeks and other local waterways. Pigeon waste carries a number of bacteria, parasites and other diseases that can be transmitted to humans when is not disposed correctly. Breathing dust or water droplets containing contaminated bird droppings that can lead to several diseases, including a flu-like illness called psittacosis. Salmonella – a bacterial infection that can cause diarrhoea – may also be present in some bird droppings.Cryptococcus is a yeast-like fungus that lives in the environment.It can be found in soil contaminated by pigeon droppings.

On the other hand, there’s a lot of nitrogen in the white portion of bird droppings, and it acts as fertilizer for the soil if it’s processed and distributed in the right amount. If its not distributed correctly, it can contribute to soil pollution in places where there are a large amount of it. Animal poop, which is called manure when added to dirt does a lot to help plants grow. Plants, like us need nutrients in order to grow and sometimes the soil that plants naturally grow it doesn’t have enough. Manure actually has a lot of the nutrients that plants need to grow such as nitrogen and phosphrous. In addition to this, adding manure as fertilizer also heats up the soil, which speeds up the breakdown of dead plants and animals, which plants can then feed off of.

  • How does this individual’s niche compare to your own?

– Just like pigeons do  during the day, we also walk around though places, we look for food and eat.

– Just like pigeons do during night time, we also go back to our homes and have some rest.

– Just like pigeon features help them adapt to their environment, human also has characteristics such as hair that we up warm.

– Just like pigeons live in a community, we humans also live in communities.

– Just like pigeons acquire food from nature by eating grass seeds and insects, we also get out food from nature by eating vegetables, animal meat and seafood.

– Just like pigeons produces white pastry waste, we also produce waste after eating food.

-Just like pigeons relate to other organisms as they eat other organisms, and also they impact other organism health by giving them diseases, humans also play the same role, we eath other organisms and our presence also impact other organisms.

-Just like pigeons impact the habitat positevily and negatively, our wastes also are used positively but it might also cause poluution. In contrast to pigeons, humans produce more negative impacts that positive as we created many things that damage th environment around us.

Photo of my organism.

Systems map; niche role this individuals plays in the ecosystem.

1. Pigeon alive.

2. Plants fruits, seeds, insects eaten by pigeon.

3. Pigeon digests food and become waste.

4. Waste washed down by rain and end in different places.

5. If water with pigeon waste not disposed correctly migh be drinked by humans and impact human health. If water end up in soil it will benefit plant growth, new food is created for pigeons to consume.

6. Dead pigeon, body decomposed in soil as is eaten by microorganism that support th soil which is the nutrient supply for plants, new food is created for pigeons.

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