Flying Squirrels, Spotted Owls, and Truffles

Judy Glattstein
Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:25:05 PST
 From a recent lecture I attended on Mushrooms Matter:

Consider this: there are truffles that grow in the old growth forests of 
the Pacific Northwest. They may not be as flavorful as the truffles of 
France and Italy. But they are indisputably truffles.


Flying squirrels love to eat truffles. And spotted owls love to eat 
flying squirrels. [These happen to be a great horned owl and her owlet, 
but they are what I have to photograph around here.] So the squirrels 
consume truffles, the owls consume squirrels. What does the truffle get 
out of this? Both squirrels and owls excrete spores, "planting" more 
truffles. Interconnections of the web of life.

from Judy in western New Jersey, where we got about 6 inches of snow 
last night, and this morning is clear skies and sunny.

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