Squirrels and road kill

October 20th, 2017 by nperlut

inital tag and mortality locationsWe have tagged >120 squirrels in this project.  Of that group, remarkably, only two have died as roadkill.  Well, we have only found two.  There are likely a handful more.  This female was hit by a car in central campus today (10/20/2017).  We ear-tagged it (no collar) on 3/28/2017–it had moved about 400 m from the original capture location.  It appears she may have young interested in nursing in the recent past.  247 road kill in front of SASC 247_road kill in front of SASC

The spring 2017 Squirrelologists!

May 1st, 2017 by nperlut

And here they are, the mightly spring 2017 Squirrelologists.  Quite a crew. From right to left: Nicole Belknap, April Ater, Erin Nakamura, Sean Larner, Matthew Organ, Ryan Roseen, Hannah Buckley, Emily Murad, Jordyn Cote, Barrett Saint-Amour, Kyle Leblanc, Carolyn Wawrzynowski and Noah Perlut.

You cannot understand your study species unless you act like your study species.

You cannot understand your study species unless you act like your study species.


March 30th, 2017 by nperlut

Here in Squirreltopia we have had quite a week.  We now have the most active collars on squirrels than any other period of the project–9!  The Squirrelologists are busy to say the least.  And we have reached a magic number of 111 total squirrels caught in the project.  On top of all that, all data is collected via an amazing app.  Check out this screen shot of our active points.  I hope to have the map up on the web page and active so you can follow our activity in real time.  Screen shot of our new app for collecting field data.

Happy National Squirrel Appreciation Day… enjoy a map and data.

January 21st, 2017 by nperlut

squirrel mapOn this festivus day of squirrel enjoyment, please enjoy this home range map of three squirrels.

The map shows home ranges covering 2.1 acres (yellow: tracked 7/6/12 to 3/5/13), 6.1 acres (blue: tracked 8/21/12 to 6/24/13) and 24.1 acres (red: tracked 3/4/13 to 9/6/13).  GIS analysis and map by Ryan Roseen, Environmental Science major, GIS minor, class 2017.

Squirrels are really just like us

January 9th, 2017 by nperlut

I get a lot of wacky squirrel emails and stories sent to me.  This has got to be one of my favorites: