Oakey Poakey - October's Ecoquest

October's or better said Oaktober's monthly Sarasota-Manatee Ecoquest, the Oakey Poakey! This challenge will be focusing on the 11 native oak species found in Sarasota and Manatee Counties all in the genus Quercus. These shrubs and trees are important to our local ecosystems. Their branches provide shelter, their leaves a natural mulch, their acorns a critical food source for animals, and their shade important to both forest and urban microclimates. The spanish moss that often hangs from oak trees makes excellent nesting material for birds. The threatened Florida scrub jay, Florida’s only endemic bird, thrives in areas with large quantities of oak shrubs. Oaks are also important trees in our home and urban landscapes and historically important sources of timber.

To join the Oakey Poakey Ecoquest click here: https://www.inaturalist.org/projects/sarasota-manatee-ecoflora-october-ecoquest-oakey-pokey

To learn more about Oak Trees and their identification check here: https://selby.org/wp-content/uploads/ecoquest_oakey_pokey.pdf

For this month's Ecoquest video and helpful tips check out our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJs3BMk0g9k&feature=youtu.be

Hope you do OA-K finding the Oak trees in this month's Oakey Poakey!

Publicado por sarasota_manatee_ecoflora_sean sarasota_manatee_ecoflora_sean, 01 de octubre de 2020

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