Humans

Homo sapiens

While certainly not in “control” of the ecosystem at Chert Hollow Farm, humans do exert a considerable amount of influence on the biota and landscape, particularly with the help of symbiotic species such as the goat (at left, photo below; a male of this post’s featured species is shown at right in the orange hat).

Humans sometimes have a curious means of deciding what species to use to populate certain parts of their landscape. In the photo below, a human is studying paper catalogs to decide which lettuce plants will have an opportunity to express their genes at Chert Hollow Farm.

A number of species consider humans to be a suitable food source, including ticks, chiggers, mosquitoes, deer flies, horse flies, and more. Humans, in turn, consider a variety of animal species to be suitable food sources, including deer, squirrel, rabbit, raccoon, and more.