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Made for Each Other: A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines

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In Made for Each Other: A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines, Ronald M. Lanner details for the first time this fascinating relationship between wingless-seeded pine trees and seed-dispersing Corvids (nutcrackers and jays), showing how mutualism can drive not only each others' evolution, but affect the ecology of many other members of the surrounding ecosystem as well. In a ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published August 29th 1996 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Krista
Sep 06, 2013 Krista rated it it was ok
Not an easy read- very scientific, most chapters read like a scientific paper with a ton of difficult to comprehend figures and data thrown in. Organization was really scattered. I was surprised to find the "Origins" chapter at the end of the book. The most interesting (and well-written) chapters (Pine Nuts and People and Is the Keystone Slipping?) were glossed over. I can tell this was written by a botanist- a ton of time devoted to the minutia of white bark pine genus and seed/cone structure ...more
Ashwini
Nov 06, 2011 Ashwini rated it really liked it
A fascinating book and it has made me look at pines more closely. Living in the mountains I see Clark's Nutcracker regularly but had no idea about the symbiotic relationship between this bird and pine trees. Recommend it highly for some insights into the natural world, how forests begin and how mammals (incl humans) and birds are linked closely together.

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Oct 30, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it
An in-depth study of these relationships. I've never found this information anywhere else. Love the writing style personally, but it's not as easily comprehendible if the botanical and ornithological terms are unfamiliar to the reader.
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Oct 21, 2010 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating interdependence of pine trees and birds that cache the seeds.

Bears and squirrels also depend on the pine seeds as an important nutritional source.
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