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Litter Biology for
Young Scientists

 

Litter is all around us.  Its the pile of leaves we kick in the fall; its the bag of lawn clippings we put out on the curb in the summer; its orange peels that we throw in the compost pile; its the dead squirrel on the side of the road (ohhhh!) and the dog poop on the sidewalk (eeeew!).  Everything that's alive in nature produces dead stuff (in the form of urine and poop) and eventually dies itself. 

 

One thing is for sure, without the work of the brown food web--the microbes that break down litter and the litter critters that eat them--all of this dead stuff would accumulate.  And then where would we be? Up to our ears in dead stuff!  So here's to the tiny, but not forgotten, members of our brown food web brethren. These pages are dedicated to them and the folks who study litter critters.

 

Explore our Brown Food Web!

 

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How to build and sample litter critters with a simple berlese funnell.

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Guide to common litter critters, plus links to more elaborate identification guides.

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Other places on the web haunted by litter biologists.

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Online diaries (or blogs) of litter biologists, reporting from the field.

 

 
 

Author: Mike Kaspari
Last Updated: 24Jan2003
                                     


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