One of the things I enjoy with my daily runs to see how nature changes with the seasons. Watching the wildlife start to raise their families in the Spring or the crispness of the first cool Fall day or running during the first snowfall of winter is a great benefit of running in the morning. Something that I also find fascinating is how nature recycles organic material (and even us someday) such as trees. The recent storms has made this task larger along the path from Lake Elkhorn to Savage Park.
Nature depends of the follow organisms in the process of recycling organic material:
Fungi decompose dead plants and animals as detrital feeders putting nitrogen back into the nitrogen cycle but not as N2. Fungi cannot reduce nitrous oxide (N2O) to N2, so fungi evolve N2O as their final denitrification product. Some bacteria like actinomycetes also only decompose nitrate or nitrite to N2O. However true denitrification, like nitrogen fixing, does not occur in eukaryotes, only in some prokaryotes.