Acorns declined sharply on the eastern seaboard of the United States this autumn. From Connecticut to North Carolina, scientists have reported the complete absence of acorns in many regions. “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, a resident of Arlington, Virginia, said she first observed the mysterious decline while raking her yard this fall which has a large stand of oak trees. “I have lived in the area my entire life and have never not seen any acorns!” she said. She consulted with local plant nurseries and they confirmed the disappearance.
“WHAT IS GOING ON?” a resident of Maplewood, New Jersey asked in an Internet posting. “Now we are finding dead squirrels! SHOULD WE ALL BE CONCERNED?” Some scientists say acorn production occurs in cycles, with shortages following years of abundance. Last year bumper crops of acorns were reported. However, following the vanishing of bees, bats, and other animals in recent years, many people are worried that this is the latest sign of widespread havoc wrought by pesticides, GMOs, and other modern agricultural practices, as well as artificial radiation from cellular networks and global warming.