Meadowmom

Meadowmom

Posted on 08/07/2014


Photo taken on August  7, 2008


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squirrel
drought
Jeffrey Pine seedlings
seedlings


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A Rowdy Little Gang

A Rowdy Little Gang
Here’s a rowdy little gang of new Jeffrey Pine seedlings, sprouting from nuts buried by a squirrel and never retrieved.

For the Jeffrey Pine, being “planted” by forgetful or satiated squirrels and birds is a major method of reproduction.

It's a matter of squirrel-greed. They start burying when they fear that they can’t make it all the way home with a cheekful, and still get back before the rest of the nuts are gone. Competition fosters burying.

But this year there are few squirrels around. I’m thinking that we won’t see many tiny new pine trees in this part of Northern California next summer...

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tiabunna
tiabunna
An interesting image and fascinating background info, Laurie.
4 years ago.