Hard Times in a Forest Near You
Poor fellow, you could almost hear him puffing with the labor of breathing with all that rodent body fat weighing down upon him–and worse by far than walking up a set of steps, his lifestyle requires the equivalent of rock climbing ten stories just to get home to his easy chair and a beer.
Without a doubt, this was one of the fattest (fox) squirrels I’ve ever seen (in Canyon Lake Park in Rapid City SD a few weeks back.) We were tempted to go over and give him a leg up.
Meanwhile, squirrels over a vast stretch of the east had better diversify if it was acorns they were expecting to nosh on for the coming cold months. Where have all the acorns gone?
(CNN) — Up and down the East Coast, residents and naturalists alike have been scratching their heads this autumn over a simple question: Where are all the acorns?
Some scientists fear a mysterious shortage of acorns this fall in the eastern U.S. will affect squirrels. Oak trees have shed their leaves, but the usual carpet of acorns is not crunching underfoot.In far-flung pockets of northern Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and other states, scientists have found no acorns whatsoever.
“I can’t think of any other year like this,” said Alonso Abugattas, director of the Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington, Virginia.
“I have lived in the area my entire life and have never not seen any acorns!” said one Arlington resident. She checked with some local plant nurseries and they confirmed her observation.