Do temperatures influences scavenger foraging behavior?
Food waste represents the largest component of the solid waste stream reaching landfills and incinerators in the U.S. (EPA 2011). Consequently, composting of kitchen scraps is becoming increasingly popular as an environmentally friendly means of reducing solid waste, while creating a beneficial soil supplement.
The addition of animal-based kitchen scraps to residential compost piles has long been discouraged on the grounds that it attracts scavengers. Although reasonable, surprisingly this claim has not been tested experimentally. Continue reading →