Intermittent acorn production directly effects white-footed mouse population size. As a "hub species," white-footed mouse populations initiate cascades of direct and indirect effects that permeate throughout these forest-based food webs. Their population size is tied to Lyme disease prevalence, gypsy moth predation, songbird populations and seed survivorship and seedling establishment.
Pulsed Resources and Consumer Communities in Terrestrial Systems
In deciduous and coniferous forests dominated by mast-producing trees, such as oaks, consumers are confronted with the sporadic production of abundant resources. Mast-consuming animals, such as the white-footed mouse (Peromyscus leucopus) and eastern chipmunk (Tamias striatus), rely on these pulsed resources.