Today is HUGE

January 22nd, 2018 by nperlut

Of all the important global holidays and observances–both political and religious–today is a biggie.  In Squirrelology, it is THE biggie.  Happy National Squirrel Appreciation day folks!  Keep it furry.

I love cats, but they should always be kept indoors

January 12th, 2018 by nperlut

Domestic house cats and humans have an amazingly interesting shared evolutionary history.  They are super interesting critters.  But they also cause ecological havoc.  Check out this truly unfortunate video involving squirrels, people and cats. To truly understand the science behind how cats affect ecosystems check out Peter Marra’s (director of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center) amazing book, Cat Wars The Devastating Consequences of a Cuddly Killer.

The Fall 2017 Squirrelologists!!

December 10th, 2017 by nperlut

The Fall 2017 Squirrelologists!!  What a great crew.

From left to right--

From left to right–Nikki Tenaglia, Emily Murad, Hannah Buckley, April Ater, Kelley Portrais, Erin Viens, Sean Larson, Barrett Saint-Amour

Squirrelology talk in Cape Elizabeth, Maine

December 7th, 2017 by nperlut

Please join me on Dec 7 at 6:30 pm for a talk on squirrelology at the Thomas Memorial Library in Cape Elizabeth, Maine.  Details here.

Deconstructing a drey

November 17th, 2017 by nperlut

Squirrelologists Nikki Tengalia (left) and Erin Vien (right) ready to deconstruct these dreys.

The Squirrelologists contemplating winter in a tree squirrel nest.

The Squirrelologists identified that a collar was stuck in a nest–unsure if the squirrel died or if it had fallen off  (ps. tree squirrel nests are known as dreys).  The nest seemed to be only around 25 feet high and right along a walkway.  I grabbed the squirrel phone and called the facilities crew here at UNE, who came over with a bucket truck (see below).  They pulled down two adjacent nests–the first we have deconstructed as a group.  We recovered the collar (which had slipped off) and learned a few fascinating things about gray squirrel nests: 1) they chew the inside leaves into small particles, perhaps to help with insulation and/or perhaps to make things more cozy; 2) the at least sometimes eat only the inside flesh of acorns, like scooping ice cream out of a pint and leaving the container on your couch; 3) they used more sticks in the base of the nest as support than what I expected from looking at many from the ground.

UNE facilities crew to the rescue!  They came and got two nests out of these blue spruce.

UNE facilities crew to the rescue! They retrieved two nests out of these blue spruce for the Squirrelologists.