I should go away more often….

November 12th, 2015 by nperlut

While I was away for a month (don’t be sad for me, I was doing research in the Galapagos) the mighty Squirrelologists had a series of fascinating field observations.  Hopefully I can remember some of the highlights:

Rocket: observed, on two occasions, white-breasted nuthatches (I believe he said two birds together) going into a squirrel nest, and only leaving when the squirrel returned.

Jeremy: while walking through the center of campus as dusk, a flying squirrel flew into him.  Luckily no injuries on either side.  Jeremy also observed a grey squirrel crossing above the road on utility wires fall off the wires, land on the pavement, and run away.


Black (grey!) squirrels in Maine

November 12th, 2015 by nperlut

Check out this interesting article in the Bangor Daily News from 11/12/15 on the apparently recent increase of black squirrels in Maine.  It also details a historical transport between Michigan and Massachusetts.  I’m a bit surprised there is no mention of the latitudinal theory of this color morph, where black is an adaptation to hold on to heat for more northern populations….



A crew to remember

April 24th, 2015 by nperlut

And here they are, the Spring 2015 Squirrelologists!

Spring 2015 Squirrelologists

look good and help collar a squirrel

April 20th, 2015 by nperlut

Our squirrel research lab is trying a crazy model for both looking good and buying radio collars—we are selling super sweet t-shirts.  There is a twist.  We have 10 days to sell 50 shirts–the period ends Tues, April 20.  If we don’t sell 50, no one is charged, but no one gets the shirt.  $4 from each sale comes back to us to buy a radio collar.  Please share with your friends, your kids and other wildlife that might like one.  Give the squirrels (and students) some love!




Squirrel week!

April 13th, 2015 by nperlut

While we here at the UNE Project Squirrel know that every week is squirrel week, Washington Post reporter John Kelly has declared this week squirrel week.  Here is a link to a sweet story by Kelly including an epoch video of a red-tailed hawk chasing a grey squirrel.

John Kelly, Washington Post writer, covering squirrel week.