Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrel Parkour? The Science Behind Squirrel Acrobatics

Squirrels are also capable of changing course mid-jump and making split-second decisions about how far to leap depending on the strength of a branch.At least, that’s what former University of California Berkeley researcher Nathaniel Hunt and a team found after years of studying fox squirrels near campus.

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Pumpkins for Wildlife: From Backyard to the Zoo

Here I’ll take a look at ways animals enjoy pumpkins, from squirrels eating them to sand cats hiding in them, from your backyard to the zoo.Zoo Boise places dozens of pumpkins each year in animal exhibits, to provide a variety of forms of enrichment.

How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?

How Far Should Humans Go to Help Species Adapt?

Over the last several years, Moseby and her colleagues at Arid Recovery have experimented with two threatened marsupial species: the greater bilby, which looks like a small rabbit with a long nose, and the burrowing bettong, also known as the boodie, which has a squirrel-like face, skinny hind legs, and a long tail.

Even for Solitary Squirrels, It’s Better to Know the Neighbors

Even for Solitary Squirrels, It’s Better to Know the Neighbors

© Vilseskogen / Flickr Siracusa, then a graduate student at the University of Guelph in southern Ontario, already knew from her previous work that red squirrels with familiar neighbors spent less time angrily defending their middens.

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

How to Whirl a Squirrel off of a Bird Feeder

Now usually, a squirrel will jump off a bird feeder that starts to spin—but not the one in this viral video.But what is the force-paired object pushing on the squirrel?When you drop that apple, the gravitational force increases its speed as it falls, thus increasing its momentum.

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

Local Critter Quest: Spot a Pocket Gopher

You will not find an entrance to the mound, which distinguishes the pocket gopher from ground squirrels, voles and many other burrowing mammals.Pocket gophers block the entrance to the main tunnel with a loose plug of soil.

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Fear the Squirrel: How Wildlife Causes Major Power Outages

Abundant, intelligent, able to squeeze through a nickel-sized hole, seeking spots to nest or cache food and stuff to chew, squirrels cause almost half all power outages from wildlife, by some industry estimates.

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing

Why Ground Squirrels Look Like They’re Kissing. Photo © Dan Streiffert /Flickr Mateo started studying ground squirrels in 2002. While the ground squirrels I’m watching in Idaho don’t show family favor, they still recognize relatives even after hibernating for nine months.

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Want to Try Camera Trapping? Check Out This New Guide

Check Out This New Guide Flying squirrel caught on camera trap © Janet Pesaturo Trail cameras have become a common tool for wildlife biologists. That’s why Janet Pesaturo’s Camera Trapping Guide: Tracks, Sign, and Behavior of Eastern Wildlife (Stackpole Books) will be invaluable for both novice and experienced camera trappers.