Rod Simmons, a field botantist based in Arlington, Virginia, and Arlington naturalists began calling around.
A naturalist in Maryland found no acorns on an Audubon nature walk there. Ditto for Fairfax, Falls Church, Charles County, even as far away as Pennsylvania. There are no acorns falling from the majestic oaks in Arlington National Cemetery.
“Once I started paying attention, I couldn’t find any acorns anywhere. Not from white oaks, red oaks or black oaks, and this was supposed to be their big year,” said Greg Zell, a naturalist at Long Branch Nature Center in Arlington.
“We’re talking zero. Not a single acorn. It’s really bizarre.”
Is it climate change or could it be the extreme opposite of a natural boom-and-bust cycle?