Ecosystem services are vitally important to us, there are an array of other benefits that plants give us — and not all of them as obvious or direct. One such benefit is that of biodiversity. Now, yes, this does seem fairly obvious and straightforward on some level: If we have more vegetation in our yards and neighborhoods, the more species of birds and other wildlife we will see. But the value of that biodiversity lies in a few less easily characterized realms, supporting services and cultural services.
While the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services is complicated, we do know it affects services through ecosystem functioning.
You can learn more about the importance of biodiversity in the Rio Grande Valley here: