Where Have All the Acorns Gone?

I’m a little late in posting this, but the Washington Post asks: What’s up with no acorns this year? Even the squirrels are unhappy:

“The idea seemed too crazy to Rod Simmons, a measured, careful field botanist. Naturalists in Arlington County couldn’t find any acorns. None. No hickory nuts, either. Then he went out to look for himself. He came up with nothing. Nothing crunched underfoot. Nothing hit him on the head.

Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill.”

Read the article to find out just what the heck is going on with the Season of No Acorns!

2 thoughts on “Where Have All the Acorns Gone?

  1. Here’s the really strange thing: Here in Alabama, the newspapers have been running stories about our overwhelming supply of acorns this year. They cover the ground and make walking treacherous. No acorns in one part of the nation, too many in another! Any theories?

  2. Apparently Oak trees are one of the few trees that begin the budding process a year in advance. In April 2007, there were 50 year record low temperatures that zapped the acorns at the budding stage in some areas of the US. Although the trees produced acorns in 2007, this meant that they would not produce in 2008. Acorns are cyclical and a bumper crop was anticipated for 2008. Had the freeze not occurred, it would have likely been a very good year for acorns everywhere.

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