Scientists are confused by the lack of acorns this fall along the East Coast. In areas of Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, there are no acorns to be found at all.
Oak trees are still shedding leaves this year, but the familiar sound of acorns “crunching underfoot” has been absent. Some experts say that the acorn crop runs in cycles, and that last year’s bumper crop was bound to lead to a smaller amount in 2008. Others say a lack of rain has slowed acorn growth.
Squirrels in these areas have appeared “skinny” and “aggressive,” sometimes found “devouring bird feed.”