Made for Each Other : A Symbiosis of Birds and Pines
A beautifully written account of the symbiotic relationship between pine trees and jays; a cycle of dependency has progressed for several million years as birds have effectively planted the trees that sustain them by dispersing the seeds. This book covers a wide range of regions, focusing on the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest, but also ranging from the Alps to Finland, and from Siberia to China. The book is written from the perspectives of evolution, ecology, and animal behaviour.
- Paperback | 180 pages
- 152.4 x 231.14 x 15.24mm | 113.4g
- 29 Aug 1996
- Oxford University Press Inc
- New York, United States
- frontispiece, 4 pp colour, halftones, line figures, tables
This is a shortish ... clearly written book for the general reader. * IBIS 1997 *
About Ronald M. Lanner
Ronald M. Lanner is Professor Emeritus of Forest Resources at Utah State University. He is the author of a number of books, including The Pinon Pine, Trees of the Great Basin, Autumn Leaves: A Guide to the Fall Colors of the Northwoods, and the forthcoming, The Conifers of California."
Back cover copy
In this book, the author 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. Focusing on the Rocky Mountains and the American Southwest, and ranging as far afield as the Alps, Finland, Siberia, and China, this beautifully illustrated and gracefully written work illuminates the phenomenon of co-evolution.
Table of contents
Introduction ; 1. The Genius of Pines ; 2. Stone Pine Seeds and Cones ; 3. The Pine Birds ; 4. The Top-of-the-Line Pinivore ; 5. Memories ; 6. Other Arrangements ; 7. Who Needs Clark's Nutcracker? ; 8. Building Ecosystems ; 9. The Odd Couple ; 10. Pine-Nuts and People ; 11. Deviations ; 12. Origins ; 13. Is the Keystone Slipping?