This is Ligonier's friendly neighborhood blog and an attempt to recapture our lively opinionated debates in a free speech zone.

Please join our conversations. Contributors welcome.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

I was wondering about acorns and why we had so many last year and seemingly none this year.

Acorns are one of the state’s most common types of “hard mast,” a term that includes other tree nuts as forest food sources such as hickory and walnut. The scarcity of acorns this fall might have delayed the deer rut according to one hunting expert, because bucks and does have been so lean. Deer are also now more likely to leave forested areas to browse vegetation because without acorns the woods provide little more than cover.
Interestingly, last year was a bumper crop of acorns. And forestry department research has shown that “the inherent cycles between bumper crops and light crops may be an adaptation to allow the trees to restore their resources following a bumper crop.”