A long lost friend…. roadkill

October 16th, 2014 by nperlut

Well we have collared around 40 squirrels, ear-tagged another 70, and no roadkill.  Until now.  One of our collared squirrels, 526, was found on Hills Beach Road with a fatal head strike.  This is an interesting squirrel for a few reasons.  First, it was collared about 700 m from where it was found dead.  Its collar only worked for about a month, but this was its second, so we have quite a bit of information.  Looking forward into digging into its history….locations of tagging and death

A surprise visitor…..

September 16th, 2014 by nperlut

Look who fell asleep in a trap… literally.  This skunk had absolutely no interest in leaving the trap–I had to shake it out.

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!!!