Critter Cam Archive

  Western Scrub Jay, Santa Cruz Island. For an excellent overview click on the jay to check out Dr. Mario Pesendorfer's PhD. work with the scrub jays out at Santa Cruz Island and other California sites. 

Western Scrub Jay, Santa Cruz Island. For an excellent overview click on the jay to check out Dr. Mario Pesendorfer's PhD. work with the scrub jays out at Santa Cruz Island and other California sites. 

Like oaks and cool shady oak groves? You can in part thank the Western Scrub Jay. Scrub jays, a member of the Corvid family (crows and magpies), are known for their intelligence and constant caching of acorns—hiding more than they need to consume. The remaining acorns germinate into the next generation of trees. Research has shown that this “scatter-hoarding" behavior increases stands of oaks and pines across the landscape.