Wildlife Management Terms - K

Keel: ridge down the back or along the plastron of a turtle or a longitudinal ridge On a dorsal scale in certain snakes

Keystone species: species that plays a critical role in the stability and integrity of its ecological community based on its abundance. Such species affect many other organisms in an ecosystem and help to determine the types and numbers of various other species in a community including: beavers and woodpeckers. Beavers construct ponds that provide brood habitat for wood ducks and support a diversity of aquatic organisms. Woodpeckers excavate cavities that many other species depend upon for nest sites and concealment

Kite: birds of prey with a hooked beak and talons



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