Burrowing birds create pockets of rich plant life in a desert landscape

Mounds of sand dug out by nest-digging birds are microhabitats where seeds can germinate

burrowing owl

Dirt mounds created by birds like burrowing owls (one shown) in Peru’s Atacama Desert are a microhabitat for seed germination, a study finds.

M.C. Rengifo-Faiffer

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