(Virtual Event) Deer as Transporters of Exotic Plant Seeds
Thursday, March 21 at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Almost everyone knows that birds are excellent dispersers of seeds, facilitating plant spread and reducing the chances of inbreeding. But did you realize that deer too ingest seeds, carry them around for a while, and then deposit them on the forest floor in a process called endozoochory; “endo” meaning internal, “zoo” referring to animals, and “chory” referring to seed dispersal. Tune in to learn about the surprising results of what grew in a four-year study collecting and planting deer droppings.
Presenter: Scott William’s field of expertise is wildlife biology. He has been working specifically with overabundant white-tailed deer herds and their impact on native and managed ecosystems, orchards, gardens, and landscape plantings. He is also knowledgeable about other Connecticut wildlife including songbirds and other migratory birds, game birds, small and medium sized mammals, and fish.
Please register; Zoom links will be sent out before the event.