Mysterious Acorn Shortage Baffles Scientists
Along the East Coast of the United States, strange events have been taking place; there are no acorns on the ground this year, even though the Oak trees have shed their leaves already.
Areas like Northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and others, have seen no acorns at all this year.
"I can't think of any other year like this," said Alonso Abugattas, director of the Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia.
Louise Garris, who lives in the Oakcrest neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, first noticed the mysterious phenomenon early this fall when doing yardwork beneath a canopy of large oak trees.
"I have lived in the area my entire life and have never not seen any acorns!" she said. Garris checked with some local plant nurseries and they confirmed her observation.
It is not known whether this should be a cause for concern yet or not, as last year there were a lot of acorns on the ground, so it could run in cycles. Scientists say that the trees could be 'exhausted' from last year.
It could be an increase in rain that added to the problem, but it is something that will need to be watched closely in the next few years as it could be an indication of a deeper problem.
It could also affect the squirrel population, as acorns are their favourite food.