Wildlife giving thanks: There's plenty for them to eat

November 22, 2017 - 10:37 am

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Abundant acorns, beech nuts and other foods are providing wildlife across at least parts of the Northeast with a bountiful Thanksgiving feast this year.

The record volume of nuts and berries is fattening every animal species that depend on them. Experts attribute the abundance to the wet summer and the lack of a late frost in the spring.

In Vermont and Maine, there is so much wild food that birds are ignoring backyard feeders, prompting calls to experts from worried bird watchers. Biologists say the birds are finding enough to eat in the woods.

Vermont's Scott Darling says it is "truly a bounty for our wild animals this year."

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