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Acorns falling despite summer-like temperatures

It may not feel like fall but acorns are a sure sign of the season and this year they're falling fast, which we've learned could mean a very colorful October.

If you've recently walked in the woods or your neighborhood, the sound of the fall is clear.

"Right here in this location we have three different species of oak trees dropping acorns," said Tim Dugan, Delaware State Forest district manager, standing in an area forest in the Poconos.

From the forest, lawn, driveway and road acorns have become the autumnal blanket throughout the Lehigh Valley.

"Acorns are the prognosticator of all weather patterns. Just ask your meteorologist. I'm joking," Dugan chuckled.

However he said acorns do tell the seasonal story. A drier spring coupled with wet weather has led to a big season for this little nut.

Before the Pilgrims, acorns were a part of the traditional diet of Native Americans. Today, acorns are a vital food source for squirrels, bears, raccoons, and porcupines recuperating at the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center.

Kathy Uhler said the center goes through 200-300 pounds per year and relies on humans to gather and donate them.

"Most animals live on them, makes them grow way faster, there's like a lot of protein," Uhler said.

Not just for those with fur but bark too.

"Also tell us if we have a healthy tree and healthy conditions heading into fall. Usually means we will have really good fall colors," Dugan said.

It's a forecast leaf peepers can go nuts over.

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