Rehabbing the Environment

Imagine: You’re standing at the high point of a desert watershed—a hilltop with mesquite, aloe, and ocotillo scattered amid a sea of desert shrubs, grasses, and wildflowers. Too many species to name. The numerous pollinators supported by those plants—several hundred species of native bees, more than 200 types of butterflies, plus moths, hummingbirds, and bats—dart about in search of the sweet nectar hidden inside each individual flower. That nectar-seeking behavior increases the productivity of the plants, and the resulting feast of fruits, seeds, and flowers attracts a cadre of reptiles, mammals, and birds to the area. Those animals draw others, too—not to gorge on hyper productive plants, but to eat the other animals. The droppings they leave fertilize the soil and deposit undigested seeds. Nutrients recycle into the earth as old growth decays, further increasing the diversity and resilience of the ecosystem. (...)

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