Where are my nuts?
Updated: Apr 7, 2018
Squirrels eat acorns year-around, but oak trees don’t drop acorns during the winter. Squirrels, therefore, collect more acorns than they need during the fall and bury the extras, hoping to store them during the meager months. But how do the squirrels remember where they buried their nuts? It turns out, they don’t. According to Rob Swihart, an ecologist at Purdue University, “bury nuts all over the place” and “often forget” the exact locations. As a result, oak trees can grow a far distance from their parent trees.