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Discussion in 'Get Togethers, Events, and Trip Reports' started by Teegate, Mar 17, 2018.
Very helpful, I never knew why.
Have you been reading the Farmers Almanac again? Did you ask the birds?
Sorry Al. I am always suspicious of this kind of folklore. But, I do have an open mind. If someone grew 100 trees, and only one was colorful, and they found the birds did not land on any other but the colorful one, I'd think differently. But then again, it might lead to more questions....can they see the ripe fruit?
Edit: Okay, I read at least one study. It may be that the hypotheses is correct. I will step back and admit your statement is more likely true than not.
http://hmf.rutgers.edu/Pubs up to 1982/Stiles 1982b.pdf
I've heard of fruit flagging before. It was so long ago I'd forgotten about it until Al brought it up and I can't remember where I heard or read it. Like Bob, I'm both suspicious and open-minded about such things. While it does make sense, there are plenty of other woody shrubs and trees that have colorful fall foliage, but are not an important wildlife food, or do not produce edible seeds at the time of peak color, such as Red Maple. Some things seem logical but are hard or impossible to prove. But then maybe we don't have to prove everything.
Another issue is how the tree supposedly created this strategy for more fruitful (pun intended) procreation by manipulating it's DNA in order to entice birds in a timely manner. That must be a really hard one to prove.
Birds can see color as well as we can.Thats why the males are so colorful because the females are attracted to them.I don't believe a tree can manipulate it's own DNA.DNA is a code so therefore had to have a writer.I won't get into that here but I"d say the early fall foliage was written into the code for a purpose.DNA also has triggers all through the code for turning things off and on so if early truning would be to an advantage in one locale abut not in another you might see the same species doing different things in different locations.Long as the possibility is within the code.New info cannot arise on it's own,that would be like saying a book can write itself.
Actually I was reading
"Eastern Forests" A Peterson field guide on the ecology of the Eastern Forests.
Are you attempting to say birdshit? LOL
I had a rare moment where I actually tried to watch my mouth but it looks like you figured me out.
Yes, that is not the Al I know.
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Well, I have been sick for three days. I guess falling into a steam and walking for an hour is not a good thing to do this time of year.
Sorry to hear that Guy. Too bad you missed the tailgate, it was great food. Scott's spread was delicious!
I'm sorry to hear that too Guy. It's hindsight now but some of my wine may have completely disinfected you !
The way I feel now I wish I had been there.
There's the spirit !!
You know, I can make deliveries if need be.