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'Dispersal agents' -paragraph
Acorns are too heavy for wind dispersal, so they require other ways to spread.
..............Many animals eat unripe acorns on the tree or ripe acorns from the ground, with no reproduction benefit to the oak, but some animals, such as SQUIRRELS and Jays serve as seed dispersal agents. Jays and Squirrels that scatter-hoard acorns in caches for future use, effectively plant acorns in a variety of locations in which it is possible for them to germinate and thrive. Even though Jays and Squirrels retain remarkably large mental maps of cache locations and return to consume them, the odd acorn may be lost, or a Jay or Squirrel may die before consuming all of its stores. A small number of acorns manage to germinate and survive producing the next generation of oaks.
Observations made by: Carmen Ghanim
The Squirrels are Environmental- health monitor.
THE SQUIRRELS' BREEDING PATERN IS INFLUENCED AND DISTURBED BY THE CURRENT CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE LAST DECADE. (research needed)
' I observed very small , new-born babies that fall from the nest at the end of April ; normally, in this area and in this months the babies are about two months old. I observed many very small babies out from the nest in mid June; usually in this area they are out of the nest by mid May'.
SQUIRRELS AND THE TREE INFESTATIONS
Observation made by : Carmen Ghanim
THE SQUIRRELS ARE CUTTING-DOWN THE TREES' LEAVES THAT ARE BEING INVADED BY LARVAE IN THE INCIPIENT STAGE OF INVASION (research needed)
' I observed a family of Squirrels -mother and four very young babies- climbing a tree every morning and cutting-down the leaves that were beginning to be eaten by larvae, in different stages.'