Friday, March 20, 2020

Arctic foxes fertilize the ground around their dens, functioning as gardeners

NatGeo:

Peering down from a fixed-wing aircraft, the splashes of green “allow me to estimate just how many dens are out there," he says.

“These animals are fertilizing and basically growing a garden."

Gardens that create such a stark contrast on the tundra that scientists who recently published the first scientific study on the dens have dubbed the foxes "ecosystem engineers."