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Word of the Week: Caching

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Welcome to Word of the Week! Stay tuned for a new word each week to amp up your nature vocabulary!

The word of the week is caching [KASH-ING] (verb): the behavior of storing food in an often hidden location, also called a cache, for later retrieval and consumption.

Much like how your internet browser temporarily caches certain webpages, many animals cache their food in preparation for the long cold winter months.

Blue jays are one such type of bird that caches food during the fall. They efficiently are able to transport food to their cache due to the gular pouch present under their mouths. This sac, that goes down their throat and upper esophagus, is where blue jays store multiple acorns, nuts and other food items to transport to their cache.


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