Spit and Survival Among Gray Jays

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On a balmy, 25-degree afternoon in winter, three Vermonters visit the tiny town of Victory in the Northeast Kingdom in search of the fearless Gray Jay. Surrounded by an abundance of snow and chickadees, biologists Kent McFarland and Sara Zahendra stand at the Victory basin with Bill Barnard, a professor at Norwich University, who has been studying Gray Jays for over 20 years.

In this edition of VCE’s Outdoor Radio, Kent and Sara discuss, among other things, how Gray Jays use saliva to cache food and get through harsh winters.

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