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Primary predators or dispersers such as birds and rodents cache acorns of northern red oak (Quercus rubra L.). A proportion of these acorns are not retrieved, and thus, animals may favour oak regeneration by placing acorns in microsites suitable for recruitment. We experimentally investigated the effects of acorn burial and litter cover on red oak recruitment at two sites at the northern limit of the species' range in North America. Laboratory experiments also tested the effects of acorn burialdoi:10.1139/b02-102 fatcat:dpmlhnmnsncwndq2fcin6w7v44