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Old 10-17-2015, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Acorns , ticks, gypsy moths, songbirds and more

Listen to the interview on podcast or read the text at "A Way To Garden" The connections between species go on and on.

the acorn connections, with dr. rick ostfeld: ticks, gypsy moths, songbirds and more - A Way To Garden

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Dr. Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist from Cary Institute, helped me understand what–both seen and unseen, obvious and not so–is going on with those tiny acorns and their mighty, wide-ranging influences. Listen (and read along below) to my public-radio show and podcast using the player below, or at this link; it’s the October 19, 2015 edition.
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The mice are kind of the bad guys when it comes to tick-borne disease, but they’re definitely the good guys when it comes to regulating this exotic forest pest.

Q. Nothing is either 100 percent good nor bad; it’s all very Eastern, yin-yang.

A. The broader lesson is that making value judgments about wildlife is not as straightforward as we think. Sometimes they do things we like; sometimes they do things we don’t like
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