About us: We own the Wild Birds Unlimited nature shop in East Lansing, Michigan,
a store that provides a wide variety of supplies to help you enjoy the birdwatching hobby.

This blog was created to answer frequently asked questions & to share nature stories and photographs.
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Friday, September 14, 2012

Photo Share: Mystery of the Acorn

"Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth are never alone or weary of life." -Rachel Carson.

Wildlife which eat acorns as an important part of their diets include birds, such as jays, pigeons, some ducks, and several species of woodpeckers. Small mammals that feed on acorns include mice, squirrels and several other rodents.

The acorn, or oak nut, is the seed of oak trees but are too heavy for wind dispersal, so they appreciate the help of small animals (and children with slingshots) to move them to a new territory beyond the mother tree.

If anyone else would like to share a photograph of nature send it to bloubird@gmail.com and I'll put it on the Friday Photo post.


Anonymous said...

I have 2 bags of acorns I have been collecting as they fall from the trees in my yard. I'm keeping them in the garage to use as winter food for the birds and squirrels.

Wild Birds Unlimited Mid-Michigan said...

Very clever!