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Rare Scrub Jay Helps Regrow Oak Forests

by Kathleen Wong, UC Natural Reserve System

Birds are known for a variety of things: being ugly as ducklings, nabbing worms when they turn up early, and flocking together with those of a feather. Tree planting, however, is all too infrequently considered an item on the avian docket.

But on California’s largest Channel Island, birds have donned the proverbial planting overalls of Johnny Appleseed.

The bird in question is the island scrub jay. Found exclusively on Santa Cruz Island, the jay is one of the rarest bird species in the United States…

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