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the red’s nutritional punch for early an ever-wider cast. Acorn appeal extends spring when little else is available, to insects, and anyone who has examined when their need is most dire, and a handful of acorns will have seen the when the bitter taste of tannin has evidence. A pin-head-size hole in an been leached tame. acorn that feels lighter than it should, To sense the fuller complexity of testifies to the exit of an acorn weevil. this ancient ballet, consider that That weevil’s parent laid its eggs on the taste and caloric content are not the fruit, the larvae fattened on the flesh only differences these oaks inside and then chewed have devised in their its way out. seeds. Each had to What seems to be at work out an work is that in appropriate randomly consuming design for the acorns, a jay ingests reproductive enough proteinpacket it rich weevil larvae, dropped and enough of the beneath its weevils’ own limbs. tannin antidote, to The white keep itself prooak acorn is tected. Long thought to be only a threat to relatively Oaks, of course, slender. oaks, weevils actually help oak forests get something out Mathematispread by protecting the acorn-carrying of this, too. Jays are cally, its ratio seed hoarders. jay from the oak’s own tannin. of surface to Besides the acorns volume is high, allowing water to they eat on the spot, they carry others to infiltrate the interior quickly, jumpnew locations and cache them far from starting germination. Conversely, the parent tree. Oaks, then, offer up a the shape that most inhibits water conveniently carried and durable packet penetration by maximizing the ratio of food in exchange for mobility they of volume to surface is a sphere, the themselves can never know. geometry most nearly copied by a And it isn’t only the jay that pays red oak acorn. back the oak. A long-term look unmasks Shape may be the clue that birds the weevil’s contribution. Long thought use to select among acorns, to the to be only a threat to oaks, weevils limited point that they do. Generactually help oak forests spread by ally, studies indicate that birds don’t protecting the acorn-carrying jay from distinguish between acorns in the the oak’s own tannin. same way as mammals. Blue jays, for Our familiar way of thinking about instance, are ravenous acorn forests holds the danger of delusion that foragers, and consume red oak one acorn’s impact, among millions, is acorns as readily as white. irrelevant and inconsequential. Nothing Scientists observing jays eating could be further from the honed truth of red oak acorns in early fall wondered eons. Every cell is part of an intricate what protected the birds from toxic whole, born out of blind and urgent red oak tannin. Jays have no built-in struggle, each participant seeking an edge protection from tannin poisoning in the broad palette of life in these woods but this ballet goes on and on, with where we live.
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Contents
First Archery Buck
Red Oak, White Oak
Just Like the Good Old Days
Step Back in Time
Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
What Goes Up . . .
First Time’s a Charm
100 Deer
The Brute
Flight 93
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
Fun Game
The Naturalist’s Eye
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Life & Times of the Whitetail Biologist
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Contents
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Archery Buck
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 4
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Red Oak, White Oak
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 8
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 9
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 10
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Just Like the Good Old Days
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 12
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Step Back in Time
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 14
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 15
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Antler Restrictions in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 17
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 18
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - What Goes Up . . .
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 20
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - First Time’s a Charm
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 22
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 100 Deer
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 24
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 25
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 26
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Brute
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 28
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 31
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Flight 93
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 35
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 39
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 40
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 47
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Another View
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 50
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 55
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 61
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - September 2010 - Crossings
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