keeping them busy

April 11th, 2013 by nperlut

Its good to keep these squirrelologists busy. We put on a 5th active collar yesterday afternoon–a very figity male who lives a bit too close to two large parking lots and one 35 mph road. We shall see how he fares…..

And interestingly, I recently got a resight from a neighbor of the university. One of our collared squirrels has been crossing a 25mph road to feed at her 2nd story bird feeder. Whoa!

birders, squirrels, and stories

January 28th, 2013 by nperlut

Pretty much every birder I have told about this project has had a squirrel story to share with me.  Almost all of these stories are about their bird feeders.  Naturally, few of them are complimentary to the squirrels.  Check out this article in the Bangor Daily News by Bob Duchesne:

bangordailynews.com/2013/01/25/outdoors/pesky-squirrels-make-feeding-birds-a-challenge/

 

good things to come

January 28th, 2013 by nperlut

The squirrelologist blog has been quiet for some time–however the work has continued gangbusters.  We have collected tons of cool data over the last six months, and GIS-extraordinaire Cassandra Smith is hard as work on a new home range analysis (see her first map below).  The Spring semester crew starts work on Wed.  We have got a few new collars to put on, though trapping is always tough this time of year.  The last week has been very cold in southern Maine–and the next few days seems to be a bit more temperate.  Perfect for catching a few squirrels.

goodby Spartacus, goodby

July 12th, 2012 by nperlut

The collar for our dear 213, Spartacus, was found recently in the woods.  This squirrel was first collared in Oct 2010, so he had about 20-21 months of tracking.  He was certainly a crew favorite–and had quite a large range (I think ~14-16 acres or so).  The collar was found alone and had no evidence of mortality.  However, the tie that holds the collar around the neck was not entirely bitten through.  So he either was eaten (my assumption), or had lost so much weight that he was able to slip out of it.

an old friend is back: chipmonks!

March 7th, 2012 by nperlut

On Feb 28 I saw a few chipmonks out around campus.  A day or two later we got 6 inches of snow and they are back to slumber.  Female grey’s are probably pregnant by now.  Spring is around the corner indeed.