Virtual Tour of the Forest: Old Hardwood - Wildlife

As trees die they attract insects which provide food for birds. Cavities provide shelter for animals such as squirrels, raccoons, and opossums.

As wood is broken down by fungi and bacteria, the organic matter and nutrients are released from the wood and work their way into the soil.

The nutrients are recycled and used by different plants. The plants compete for available nutrients, which means nutrient recycling in a forest ecosystem is very important.

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