the roadkill continues

September 25th, 2018 by nperlut

Everyday I expect the volume of squirrel roadkill to decrease across southern Maine–assuming that with fewer available squirrels there would be fewer chance encounters.  As of today, Sept 25, 2018, at least to me, there seems to have been little decrease in moralities.  I counted 27 fresh roadkill gray squirrels today in Portland within a 2 mile stretch of Forest Ave, where the speed limit is 25 mph.

Squirrelology is infectious

September 24th, 2018 by nperlut

A new student initative on UNE’s campus has sprouted in social media–Squirrels of UNE on Instagram.

167–crazy

September 23rd, 2018 by nperlut

Over the last week I have heard insane stories of this years boom in squirrel dispersal–from swimming across huge lakes, to Bald Eagles, to swimming tidal rivers (see map map of Saco River

Four gray squirrels were seen in one hour swimming across the Saco River on Sept 12, 2018. The pins indicate two of the locations where the squirrels were observed.

Four gray squirrels were seen in one hour swimming across the Saco River on Sept 12, 2018. The pins indicate two of the locations where the squirrels were observed.

), to perhaps the most intense, by a new Squirrelologist who counted 167 roadkill gray squirrels in a 40 minute drive in southern Maine in mid-September.

 

tangled

September 20th, 2018 by nperlut

In a year of wacky squirrel stories, this has got to be one of the wildest squirrel stories of the year.  A picture shows the five juvenile squirrels while under anaesthetic, before their tangled tails were cut free

Reclassify as an aquatic mammal?

September 13th, 2018 by nperlut

Southern Maine is having quite a squirrel year.  Sadly, there are incredible numbers dying as roadkill–likely young of year dispersing and looking for suitable habitat.  Apparently not all squirrels are taking to the roads.  I received this email today from a colleague…..

I wanted to let you know about a neat thing we say on our Saco River boat trip today.

During our trip we saw 4 squirrels swimming across the Saco River.

Even the Captain had never seen this before. It was a high tide, over 10 feet and the tide was an hour from slack.

We saw the squirrels in  4 different places on the river, swimming in both directions both toward Biddeford and toward Saco.

Their tails stuck out of the water a little.Gray squirrel swimming the Saco River Sept 12_2018