The temps have been over 100 degrees for weeks now, and we've had
no rain for longer than that. Oak trees are turning brown, and I worry they are dying. I can find only tiny, immature
acorns, and hickory nuts have been falling off the trees since late spring. The dogwoods and beauty
berries look pitiful, and the muscadines have no fruit.
In addition, my thoughts have been turning
to bow season. The cost of corn has had us debating even filling our feeders, but I'm starting to wonder if we actually
MUST fill the feeders just to supplement the diet of not just deer but birds and other native wildlife.
I know "nature must take its course", but when it gets down to brass tacks, it's a hard thing to watch.
Here is an article that gets a little more in-depth.