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14 Nov 97

Birds and Berries

Trees and shrubs around school are starting to show their fall colors as Thanksgiving approaches. Deciduous trees are just starting to turn color. Ripe fruits are more obvious. Pepper trees and pyracantha in the Valley, and toyon and madrone in the wild lands along Highway 154, are all developing brilliant red berries now. The berries look delicious, and are to many birds and animals. But isn't this the exact opposite of camouflage? How does it actually benefit local plants to attract animals to eat their seeds?


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