Carnivore: animal that eats other animals (i.e. hawk, bobcat, shark).
Consumer: organisms that cannot make their own food, and must consume other organisms to get energy.
Decomposer: organism that absorbs nutrients from non-living material such as dead plants and animals and wastes of living organisms then recycles these nutrients so they can be used again by plants (i.e. bacteria, fungi).
Ecology: the study of how plants and animals interact with each other and their environment.
Food Chain: pathway along which food is transferred from one feeding level of organisms to another.
Food Web: the interconnected food chains of an ecosystem.
Herbivore: animal that eats plants (i.e. deer, rabbit).
Omnivore: animal that eats both plants and other animals (i.e. bear).
Producer: organisms that use energy from sunlight to make their own food through photosynthesis (i.e. trees).
Web of Life: the network of relationships that interconnects all members of an ecological community.