Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Lack of acorns shows why biodiversity is a good thing

My Telegraph column today (you can read it here) celebrates biodiversity for a concrete reason: This is a very bad year for acrons throughout the Northeast, but because there are lots of other species which provide wild nuts/fruits/seeds (known as "mast" to wildlife biologists), the shortage isn't a disaster. In more of a monoculture forest, the situation would be more dire.

By the way, the acorn crop has long been cyclical, so this year's drought doesn't seem related to weird weather or climate change.