Tupper's Zoology at NVCC

Tupper's Zoology at NVCC An unofficial page dedicated to Zoology and related work conducted by Todd Tupper, Kirk Goolsby, Coline Hay, and their associates at NVCC and elsewhere.
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Yesterday's venture looking for a few rare tree species yielded this one:   A large, lone, adult Bur Oak (Quercus macroc...
07/03/2023

Yesterday's venture looking for a few rare tree species yielded this one:
A large, lone, adult Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa) standing a stone's-throw from the Shenandoah River, Clarke county, VA

Bur oaks are exceedingly rare in Virginia. They are mostly associated with the mid-west, where they live farther north and farther into the prairies than other oaks. In Virginia they are only found in and around the northern Shenandoah River, from WV, south to Elkton, VA. The population is very, very small. It is quite possible these trees are a relic of an early era when the Valley was more Prairie-like, pastural, with large herds of bison and elk.

This particular tree was a lone example of its species, standing tallest among a group of other large oaks, walnuts, and sycamores. There were no other adult Bur Oaks nearby, although one tiny, lone, individual was found ~100 yards south.

01/15/2022

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