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.