Mast year?


If the level of white oak acorn bombardment is any clue, the answer is a resounding “Yes!” Mast refers to the fruits and acorns of the forest. Some years, the plants produce more mast than usual. The assumed strategy behind these seemingly random mast years is that the plants will flood the forest ecosystem with so many fruits that they can’t possibly all be eaten up by whatever herbivores the forest is supporting. How many lucky herbivores are out there now? Possibly not a lot, because last year hardly an acorn fell. This year we may be inundated — look out for some fat, happy squirrels.


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