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Topic: Strange event all over the country - no acorns this year?

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Subject: Strange event all over the country - no acorns this year?
Date Posted: 11/30/2008 11:43 AM ET
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I was surprized to just read an article where botanists & naturalists are baffled over the lack of acorns this year.  My house is surrounded by oak trees - my town is actually called Oak Ridge - and it hit me that we haven't had any this Fall either.  The article said that squirrels are skinny, starving and  are going after bird feeders & for the first time some were going after halloween decorations (pumpkins).  Last month, I remember reading a local paper where a women wrote in and asked why squirrels were eating the halloween pumpkins she put out on her stoop - something that had never happened to her before.    Anyone else experiencing this lack of acorns? The experts said there is no record of this happening before.

Date Posted: 11/30/2008 7:53 PM ET
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I have seen acorns around our yard this fall.  As I think about it now, not as many as I have seen in the past.  I know we have some, because the dog keeps trying to pick them up and eat them.

Date Posted: 12/1/2008 12:48 PM ET
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Nope.  My house is surrounded by oaks and acorns seem just as plentiful this year as they have in the past.  There were many baby squirrels running around the yard in October.  Even found two dead babies that must've fallen out of the nest :(.   I watched squirrels in the trees eating acorns, the house got pelted with falling acorns, squirrels were in the yard burying acorns....   The only thing I find odd is that most of the trees still haven't dropped all of their leaves.  Looks like they've still got about 1/3 of their leaves to drop.   In the past I don't recall trees holding on to their leaves this long.   The leaves also took forever to turn their fall color.  I'm in NC.