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Best friends forever: The whitebark pine and Clark's nutcracker

Posted date: October 05, 2018
Publication Year: 
2018
Publication Series: 
Scientific Journal (JRNL)
Source: The Wildlife Professional. September/October: 48-52.

Abstract

It’s late fall in the high mountains of western North America and the whitebark pine (Pinus albicaulis) forests are alive with activity. Birds and mammals are feasting on the pine’s copious amounts of large seeds. When the cones ripen, the competition for the fatty, nutritious seeds - which contain “more energy than chocolate per unit of weight” according to the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology - is a sight to see.

Citation

Keane, Robert E.; Cushman, Samuel A. 2018. Best friends forever: The whitebark pine and Clark's nutcracker. The Wildlife Professional. September/October: 48-52.