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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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.