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:



Squirrel attack in Florida!

November 4th, 2016 by nperlut

Check this out.  Pretty amazing situation.  First time I’ve heard of a squirrel rampage.



Late breeding?

October 14th, 2016 by nperlut

I’m curious about folks experience with late breeding squirrels this year.  The second breeding period seems to have been quite late on our campus (southern Maine, directly on the coast).  I caught a female today who was still nursing, saw two other nursing females this week, and I saw young that are ~7 weeks old just emerging.  I’ve been trapping here for 7 years and not previously encountered this.   We have a good acorn (red oak) and low hickory mast.  Anyone else seeing this?