Posts Tagged ‘Whitebark Pine

10
Jul
14

Clark’s Nutcracker

Ecosystems have delicate balances, we all know that by now.  Clark’s nutcracker is an example of the delicate balancing mechanisms within nature.

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Whitebark pine tress exist at the highest levels of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains through some of the harshest weather on this planet.  Clark’s nutcrackers exist on the whitebark’s seeds.  It will feed on them and store the seeds to feed their young or themselves later.  Sometimes, the birds leave some seeds behind and that is practically the only way whitebark pine regenerates.

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Looks like a nice place for tomorrow’s hike.

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