Energy Webs (cont)
Finally, the consumers die, decompose and become
part of the energy web. At station 2 you can see many good examples of
these producers - from the Parrot feather covering the stream to the long strands
of green algae found in the slower moving areas.
closer look will reveal small minnows and an occasional crawdad. Larger predators
such as turtle or water snake may be seen in the area too.
Looking right and facing
the stream, the narrow paths cut through the parrot grass by various swimming
mammals are clearly evident. Also, access to the stream by beaver and deer from
several directions have cleared entrances through the underbrush in several directions.
are several stumps of freshly cut trees on either side of the walkway. The stumps
show the characteristic sharp point, indicating beaver-tooth engineering.
It is said that the beaver will cut trees even when they don't need the lumber--just
to keep their teeth sharp.