ECO-CLUB

LOCKDOWN QUIZ

WEEK 2

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QUESTION

1

Murmurations are when thousands of birds all swoop and dive in unison. Autum and winter is the best time of year to see Starling murmurations. Early evening, just before dusk, is the best time to see them across the UK.

QUESTION

2

Zoonoses are diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Habitat loss, climate change, and the socioeconomic changes by both appear to be driving a significant increase in the number, frequency and diversity of zoonotic disease outbreaks in recent years.

QUESTION

3

Lenticular clouds look a lot like the traditional shape of flying saucers in science fiction, and real lenticular clouds are believed to be one of the most common explanations for UFO sightings across the world.

QUESTION

4

D. In fact 500 billion plastic bottles are used every year – Meaning there are 66 times as many bottles as there are humans on the planet. (Source: https://www.condorferries.co.uk/plastic-in-the-ocean-statistics)

QUESTION

5

The world’s 7.6 billion people represent just 0.01% of all living things, according to a recent study by the Weizmann Institute of Science. The report also reveals that farmed poultry today makes up 70% of all birds on the planet, with just 30% being wild. The picture is even more stark for mammals – 60% of all mammals on Earth are livestock, mostly cattle and pigs, 36% are human and just 4% are wild animals.

QUESTION

6

Honeybees perform a special 'waggle' dance to give other bees the exact information about where food is. The waggle dance involves the bee running around waggling its abdomen. The other bees stand around and carefully watch the miniature moves, to work out where the nectar is.

QUESTION

7

Ravens. Will also accept Crows or any mention of Corvids. Corvids are known to be as mentally capable as monkeys and great apes. However, bird neurons are so much smaller that their palliums actually contain more of them than would be found in an equivalent-sized primate cortex. This may constitute a clue regarding their expansive mental capabilities.