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Acorn Woodpeckers, So Happy Together

October 14, 2011 by Kate Marianchild

Would you believe that acorn woodpeckers have the most complex social relationships of any animal with a backbone? One expert says so. Watch the birds for a while, and you just might agree!

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Go Nuts for Nuts

October 01, 2010 by Donna Whitmarsh

They say California is the land of fruits and nuts, which wouldn't be so funny if it weren't also partly true. But our native nuts--acorns, hazelnuts, and more--are central to life for both plants and wildlife, and they deserve some respect.

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Caching In

October 01, 2007 by Judith Larner Lowry

Think of the western scrub jay: screeching, assertive, a bully and glutton at backyard bird feeders. But also, as Judith Larner Lowry has noticed in her West Marin yard, caching acorns, bay nuts, and other seeds, many more than the birds could ever hope to recover. Given that these seeds can’t move uphill on their own, we owe our oak-studded hillsides in part to the forethought, and forgetfulness, of this very familiar bird. Lowry’s advice? Sit back and let a few of our local jays’ missed meals take root.

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