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Description - Oak Forest Ecosystems by William J. McShea

This work focuses on the relationship between an oak forest's acorn yield and species of wildlife that depend on it. It begins by treating factors such as oak distribution, forest fires, tree diseases and pests, dynamics of acorn production and acorn dispersal by birds and mammals. Special consideration is given to the phenomenon of masting - whereby oaks in a given area will produce huge crops of acorns at irregular intervals - a key component for wildlife researchers and managers in understanding patterns of scarcity and abundance in the creatures that feed on this crop. Relationships between oaks and animals such as mice, squirrels, turkeys, deer, and bear are discussed, as are the differences between eastern, southern Appalachian, southwestern and California oak forests.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801877476
ISBN-10: 0801877474
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 24mm)
Pages: 448
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 21-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William J. McShea

William J. McShea is a research scientist in the Conservation and Research Center at the Smithsonian Institution. William M. Healy is a research wildlife biologist at the Northeastern Forest Experiment Station of the USDA Forest Service.