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ACORNS & WILDLIFE
It’s fairly easy to find an oak tree in winter – all you have to do is look around to see where white-tailed deer have been pawing and digging down through the snow into the leaves to find acorns, and then look up. It’s not hard to understand why the deer actively seek out oaks, as acorns, being relatively high in carbohydrates, are a highly concentrated source of energy. More than 100 species of animals are known to consume acorns, including mammals such as white-tailed deer, black bears, gray squirrels, flying squirrels, mice, voles, rabbits, raccoons, opossums, and foxes. Birds that feed on acorns include wild turkey, ruffed grouse, wood ducks, mallards, woodpeckers, crows, and jays.