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Acorns for Wildlife Center of VA

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  • Please Note ==>  due to limitations of Meetup, I was forced to only allow for a 2 week period for this.  Weather conditions are going to be a big factor on when acorns start to fall.  Could be as early as the last weekends in October to as late as the last weekend in November before they finish falling.

    Also, I've just been scheduled for bypass surgery on my heart for 9/19.  However, I hope to be on my feet by the time everyone has collected their acorns.  I know I promised to come get your acorns beforehand if they became a problem to store in your freezer, but depending on timeframe, will dictate if I'm able to come pick them up from you if you need the freezer space back.  If freezer space becomes a problem before I can commit to meeting you to pick them up, I'll understand if you're not able to keep them.  Furthermore, it may not be until December timeframe before I'm able to drive out to Waynesboro to drop the acorns off to the Wildlife Center; just didn't want to catch anyone off guard if you had hoped to travel out there too.  Hopefully I'll be back home from surgery by the 1st of October and will respond to any questions you may have once I am back home.  Thanks ever so much for understanding.


    This isn't as much an event as it is a request for help. The Wildlife Center of VA will be housing 7 bear cubs through the winter this year and they eat a lot of nuts. So they're asking for some help in the way of collecting nuts that can be cleaned and delivered. If you can help, they and I will greatly appreciate.

    So here's the deal. I'm only looking for acorn nuts as they will be the easiest to keep without spoiling before getting them out to the Wildlife Center in Waynesboro.

    •  In order to do this, go around your yard once the acorns start dropping and collect them.

    •  Once collected, you need to separate leaves, twigs and other debris from them.  Also remove their caps if still attached.

    •  Upon completion of that, you need to fill a container with water and then put the acorns in the water.

    •  Wait 5 minutes and if an acorn floats, it's gone bad and you can dispose of it.

    •  All others are good acorns and you then need to empty the water.

    •  Lay the acorns out on a flat surface and dry them off; use a towel or paper towels to accomplish this and/or allow them to air dry in the sun.  If you opt to allow them to air dry, it's best to put a towel or paper towels down 1st so that it keeps the water from collecting on the bottom of the acorn.

    •  Once dry, put all the nuts in sealable plastic baggies and put them in your freezer until I can meet you to collect them.

    A note to keep in mind, once an acorn falls, there's only a couple days up to a week or so before they start to rot. So you've got to be observant of when your acorns start to fall off your trees and start collecting them.

    I'll share my cell number with all who sign-on to doing this and you can either call/text me to setup a time and date where I can pick them up or I can setup another event for where we all go out to the Wildlife Center of VA to deliver what we have.

    Thanks ever so much for caring.

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  • Ron C

    Just so everyone is aware that's signed-on, I'm gonna try to schedule heading out to the Wildlife Center on either Nov 19th or 20th. If you can't make either of these dates, send me a message so we catch up to each other so I can pickup you stash of acorns.

    November 2

  • Pamela L.

    Im in Ron just did not see how to add my name!!!!

    November 3

  • Emily

    Let me know if I can lend a hand, especially while you are healing....

    1 · September 22

    • Ron C

      Thanks Emily

      October 20

  • Amie-Rose

    There are many acorns falling where I am, would be happy to bring some in!! Do I just call over to the center and figure out when is the best time to drop them off?

    October 14

    • Ron C

      If you cannot wait until that timeframe or run into the need to have that freezer space back before than, you have two choices. You can contact me and we can setup a time I can come pick them up from you, or you're most welcome to contact the Wildlife Center and take them out there yourself. The last option is to wait until I'm capable of driving that distance again and I will setup a date/time for all of us to go out to the Wildlife Center to take all our acorns out there together.

      October 15

    • Ron C

      So you are aware, what I have found on the ground are still green acorns that the squirrels have been knocking down as they themselves forage on the bounty in the tree tops. With current weather conditions, I suspect we'll start seeing the rip ones starting to drop in another week or two; possibly as late as the 1st week of November. This is not to say the green ones are not something one should collect or not, but the deluge of the rip ones won't start for awhile.

      October 15

  • Ron C

    Something to consider. As I was coming in and out of the house this afternoon, I happened to notice a green acorn along my walkway. Wasn't until later that I went to investigate, for which all of sudden it was quite a few falling around me and one bounced off my head :~). If you've got pesky squirrels too, you might want to check to see if they're making unripened ones fall too. I collected 10 of them and brought them in and tested them in water. Of the 10, 9 of them were good. I suspect that these might even be a treat for the bears. Nonetheless, follow the directions above if you're seeing green ones this early and freeze them after collecting.

    September 12

    • Emily

      The rain knocked down at least a gallon o'greenies

      1 · September 22

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