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(Cornell Lab of Ornithology)   A beautifully-shot look at the threatened whitebark pine and their birdy BFFs who might be able to save them   ( divider line
    More: Spiffy, Whitebark Pine, Pine, white bark pine forests, Pinus classification, forest of trees, FOREST SERVICE, DIANA TOMBACK, Seed  
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643 clicks; posted to STEM » on 10 Nov 2022 at 1:25 PM (19 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2022-11-10 12:00:08 PM  
But any human efforts to replant entire mountainsides of disease-resistant whitebark pines will be dwarfed by the Clark's Nutcracker- which can cache up to 100,000 seeds in a single year, and do it for free.

Damn nature, you scary awesome.
2022-11-10 2:14:53 PM  
Can they genetically modify the trees to resist the rust?  Seems like once they do that, then the nutcrackers work would be multiplied that much more.
2022-11-10 2:15:33 PM  
Ackschyually, Ponderosa Pine is a 3 needle pine, not a 5 needle pine. White Pine has 5 needles per bundle and wasn't mentioned, possibly due to confusion with Whitebark Pine. Dunno...
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