OAKtober is a time to celebrate the majestic oak. Oak trees are a keystone species, meaning they are trees that entire ecosystems depend on for survival and habitat. Oak acorns provide food for more than 100 vertebrate species of wildlife, and a over 500 species butterflies and moths are supported by native oaks. Insects play a crucial role in the food web, acting as a food source for birds and their young, as well as many other species of animals.
Every individual, organization, community, park district, forest preserve, and public or private landowner or manager can play an important role in celebrating Oaks and Oak ecosystems across Illinois and Wisconsin.
Want to learn how to grow an oak from an acorn so you can help the cause?
Click here: https://dnr.wi.gov/education/documents/StepbyStep.pdf