Why is the Oak population important to squirrels?



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    For many tree squirrels, such as fox squirrels and gray squirrels, the acorns from oak trees are an important source of food. Though squirrels can eat many different foods, from plant buds to birds’ eggs, acorns an other nuts make up a major part of the diet of many species. In addition, oaks and other trees provide squirrels with nesting sites – they may either build a den inside of a natural tree cavity, or construct a leaf nest in the branches. Though many types of tree can be used by squirrels for nesting, oaks have the added advantage of providing both food and shelter at the same time.

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