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.