The season of nuts is upon us, and squirrels are once again being admired for being so industrious. Don’t they gather up and bury all those acorns and other nuts? Aren’t they responsible for planting forests full of oaks, hickories and beeches?
Not necessarily. Biologist M.R. Chettleburgh has found that during the single month of October, 30 to 40 jays can gather and plant more than 20,000 acorns alone. The jays are caching them for future use, but often forget their whereabouts, allowing the nuts to sprout.