Hi All,

Re-opening this thread--I thought I'd share with the list a comment from
Donald Leopold, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Forest Biology
 at SUNY-ESF (I was asking him about something else, but this came up.)

"Not only are conifers producing an extraordinary abundance of cones but I
have never seen such an abundance of walnuts, hickories, oak acorns, sugar
maple and white ash samaras, and other tree fruits and seeds.
Interestingly, I’ve seen this above average production across the

Hopefully this goes a long way to explaining the increase in decreases this

Marc Devokaitis

On Wed, Oct 18, 2017 at 12:46 PM, Barbara B. Eden <b...@cornell.edu> wrote:

> For the past 2 months the resident birds that I daily feed have dropped in
> population This is the first time this has happened and even those pesky
> squirrels have left I live in Cayuga Heights and my backyard is a bird
> friendly habitat
> Any thoughts would be appreciated
> Thanks
> Barbara Eden
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