Life of Forest

Curator’s Words


Life of Forest


Michael Dryden


A habitat is an environment that meets a species’ basic needs for food, water, and oxygen, as well as protection from the elements and natural enemies, as well as living space with reproducing conditions. One animal may shelter another; for instance, the screech owl may take over an old flicker nesting activity. Standing dead and decaying trees provide valuable wildlife habitat—-not just for nesting owls and woodpeckers, but also for a diverse array of less visible creatures that are critical components of the forest food web.