7th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels

September 16th, 2014 by nperlut

Announcing the 7th International Colloquium on Arboreal Squirrels to be held 1-5 June 2015 in Helsinki, Finland.  This is a wonderful conference attended by people with broad interests in ecology, conservation and evolution involving squirrels as model systems.  Please visit the website for information on the program, field excursions, registration and accommodations.

a hearty bunch of squirrelologists

April 11th, 2014 by nperlut

And here they are (well, 10 out of 14).  The Spring 2014 Squirrelologists:

The Spring 2014 Squirrelologists: from back left to front right: Zach Delorenzo, Alec Batceheller, Ryan Fawcett; Chito Hernandez,Shane Murphy, Sarah Fleischmann, Erika Iacona, Shannon Gillen, Sarah Croston, Sam Peterson. Missing Rocket Hart, Shawn Nguyen, Matt Miller, Jake Farrell.
When I asked them to act like their study species, well, this is the best I got.  Although they are a valiance field crew, this enactment is not terribly impressive.
acting squirrely

April fools squirreling around

April 2nd, 2014 by nperlut

Sarah Fleischmann, a dedicated squirrelologist, returned to her dorm room on April 1st to find an invasion by >40 Sciurus carolinensis.  They are plotting and watching–revenge for chasing them around all the time!!!

an old friend returns

March 28th, 2014 by nperlut

Two weeks ago the UNE Squirrel Project had a first–we recaptured a squirrel that was wearing a non-functional collar.  I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was when I realized the squirrel was wearing a collar.  I wanted to kiss, or at least, hug it.  The frequency tag was eaten off so I had to send it back to the manufacturer to find out the frequency.  Turns out is it old 245, who was first collared 7/5/2011!  Before that collar died, the squirrel was known for epoch movements across campus.  Hopefully he is still a wanderer.

the curious red-tail

February 4th, 2014 by nperlut

I was out recently checking traps and both a squirrel and a juvenile red-tailed hawk were waiting for me.  This bird was incredibly curious, sitting on a stump watching the squirrel.  The squirrel was quite vocal (grunting), certainly not pleased to both be in that trap and so close to such a predator.  A squirrelologist told me that he saw that same hawk in that forest the day before.  Let’s hope, now that it has a collar on, that it does not become lunch.  That said, in the first week of wearing the collar, the squirrel has staying in that forest patch.  Life must not be too dangerous there.

the squirrel and the red-tailed hawk

Juvenile red-tailed hawk quite interested in a trapped (and now collared) squirrel.