Bioregional Quiz

This quiz is based on an earlier version created by Humboldt State University's own Jim Dodge. 

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What follows is a self- scoring quiz on basic environmental perception of place. It is a tool used to help you define your bioregion. The quiz is culture bound, favouring those who live in the country, over city dwellers, who are less likely to notice their environment.

1. Trace the water you drink from precipitation to tap.

2. How many days till the moon is full (plus or minus a couple of days)?

3. Describe the soil around your home.

4. Where is the food you eat grown?

5. Name five native grasses in your local area?

6. Name five native, edible plants in your bioregion and their season(s) of availability.

7. From which direction do summer storms generally come in your bioregion?

8. Where does your garbage go?

9. On what day of the year are the shadows shortest where you live?

10. Name five trees in your area. Are any of them native? (if you can’t name them describe them)

11. How long is the growing season where you live?

12. Name five resident, and any migratory, birds in your bioregion.

13. What is the land use history of humans in your bioregion during the last century?

14. What species have become extinct in your bioregion?

15. What are the major plant associations in your bioregion?

16. From where you are reading this point north.

17. What spring wildflower is consistently first to bloom?

18. What kinds of rocks and minerals are found in your bioregion?

19. Were the stars out last night?

20. Name some beings (non-human) which share your shelter.

21. Do you celebrate the turning of the summer and winter solstices?

22. How many people live next door to you? What are their names?

23. How many creeks are in walking distance of your shelter and what are they called?

24. What are the names of the First Nations or Traditional Owners where you live?

Adapted from a quiz by Jim Dodge and others first published in "Coevolution Quarterly" Winter 1981.