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2014-08-29 23:07:55

Already preassembled for the ultimate convenience to birding hobbyists, the Breakaway resists not only squirrels, but even the harshest weather elements and common outdoor issues, such as rust, yellowing and breakage. Lititz, PA (PRWEB) August 29, 2014 Perky-Pet® is proud to introduce the new Perky-Pet® Premium Squirrel-Be-Gone® Breakaway Wild Bird Feeder. This innovative bird feeder will keep squirrels from raiding the seed while allowing birds to eat to their heart’s...

Size Of Animal's Brain Matters When It Comes To Self-control
2014-04-22 14:36:34

By Yasmin Anwar, UC Berkeley [ Watch The Video: Animal Self-Control Dependent On Brain Size ] Chimpanzees may throw tantrums like toddlers, but their total brain size suggests they have more self-control than, say, a gerbil or fox squirrel, according to a new study of 36 species of mammals and birds ranging from orangutans to zebra finches. Scientists at Duke University, UC Berkeley, Stanford, Yale and more than two-dozen other research institutions collaborated on this first...

red squirrel
2014-02-25 06:05:48

Queen's University Belfast Native red squirrels have declined throughout Britain and Ireland for the last century due to a combination of habitat loss and the introduction of the North American eastern grey squirrel. But more recently its few remaining populations have been devastated by an insidious pox virus passed to them by the alien invaders. A study by the biodiversity and conservation research center Quercus at Queen's University Belfast (QUB), and published in the journal PLOS...

2014-01-17 23:02:46

NWF is the education partner for the movie and is providing resources to help kids, parents, teachers and animal enthusiasts of all ages. Reston, VA (PRWEB) January 17, 2014 National Wildlife Federation (NWF) is teaming up with Open Road Films, RedroverCo., Ltd. and ToonBox Entertainment for the release of The Nut Job, opening in theaters nationwide on January 17. As the education partner for the new animated film, NWF is providing resources to help kids, parents, teachers and animal...

History Of The American Urban Squirrel Traced By Researcher
2013-12-06 14:58:42

University of Pennsylvania Until recently, Etienne Benson, an assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of History and Sociology of Science, has trained his academic eye on the history of conservation of large, charismatic wildlife, such as tigers, grizzly bears and orcas. With his latest publication, however, he consciously chose to investigate a creature that may be considered less exotic, and is certainly smaller. "I wanted to write about something a bit...

Formby’s Red Squirrel Population Recovering After Outbreak Of Squirrelpox
2013-11-27 10:42:33

[ Watch The Video: Red Squirrels Beat the Pox ] University of Liverpool A study by the University of Liverpool has found that the red squirrel population along the Sefton coastline seems to be recovering from a serious outbreak of squirrelpox in 2008. Researchers from the University, in collaboration with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, have been monitoring the red squirrel population at the Seaforth Coastal reserve, which had fallen by 85% as a result of the outbreak. Squirrel pox...

2013-08-06 23:01:40

Rodent Guys switched to traps and carbon monoxide in Woodland Hills to control the squirrel population after poison options become scarce. Woodland Hills, CA (PRWEB) August 06, 2013 The Rodent Guys Gopher Extermination Company who specialize in gophers, moles and squirrels, are the local gopher control company for Woodland Hills, CA. Rodent Guys promotes methods that use very little poison for controlling burrowing animals in Woodland Hills, such as ground squirrels and pocket gophers....

2013-06-29 23:00:49

Rodent Guys of Southern California reports Los Angeles County ground squirrels have gone into their underground burrows to estivate because of the extreme heat this weekend. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) June 29, 2013 Ground squirrels are rodents that burrow in the ground and eat vegetation, nuts and seeds as their primary diet in Los Angeles County. Because they eat landowners’ crops and vegetation they are considered a pest in California. Adding to the squirrels’ damage are the large...

Stressed Squirrels Produce Faster Growing Offspring
2013-04-19 19:30:36

Alan McStravick for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Expectant mothers are often advised to limit their exposure to stressful situations. It´s been long documented how the introduction of stress hormones to the human infant in the gestational period can severely affect the pregnancy, producing earlier births and lowered birth weights. But, and this may come as no surprise, squirrels are not humans. What was surprising for an international group of researchers, led by...

Fox Squirrels Invest In Their Future With Long-Term Hoarding
2012-10-04 13:30:43

[ Watch the Video: Fox Squirrel Caching For The Long Run ] Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Squirrels running rampant, foraging for food, gathering nuts--it is a common sight throughout much of North America. But these little critters´ habits have long gone unnoticed in the scientific community. That is, until now. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have been studying the antics of these furry little rodents as they scamper about the...


Latest Squirrel Reference Libraries

Franklin’s Ground Squirrel, Poliocitellus franklinii
2012-07-27 11:27:11

Franklin’s ground squirrel (Poliocitellus franklinii) is native to the northern area of the United States and Canada, inhabiting tall grasses on the American prairie. Joseph Sabine who named it after Sir John Franklin, a British Arctic explorer, first described this squirrel in 1822. Previously, it was classified in the Spermophilus genus, within its own subgenus. However, genetic testing showed that it belonged in a different genus because it was paraphyletic, and so it was placed in...

Spotted Ground Squirrel, Xerospermophilus spilosoma
2012-07-25 13:55:23

The spotted ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus spilosoma) is native to west and central United States and south and central Mexico. Its United States range includes Nebraska, South Dakota, western Texas, western Kansas, eastern Arizona and most of New Mexico. Its preferred habitat includes deep, sandy soil with limited vegetation. It can be found in burrows within sand hills, and may occupy abandoned prairie dog burrows. The burrows can also be found on mesas with short grass, or along...

Mojave Ground Squirrel, Xerospermophilus mohavensis
2012-07-25 13:51:49

The Mojave ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus mohavensis) is native only to the Mojave Desert in California. Frank Stephens discovered this squirrel in 1886. Its range includes areas of Inyo, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Kern counties. It can be found in Joshua tree woodlands, saltbush scrub, Mojave mixed woody scrub, and saltbush scrub. The preferred habitat of the Mojave ground squirrel contains abundant forage like spiny hopsage and winterfat, which allows the squirrels to live...

Abert's Squirrel, Sciurus aberti
2012-07-20 10:50:22

Abert’s squirrel (Sciurus aberti) is a tree squirrel that is native to the North America. It is also known as the tassel-eared squirrel. Its range extends from the Rocky Mountains all the way into Mexico, with large populations appearing in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and the Grand Canyon. Its range is slightly fragmented, with most populations being isolated to the Rocky Mountains, but the introduced populations in the Graham and Santa Catalina mountains of Arizona are stable. There...

Variegated Squirrel, Sciurus variegatoides
2012-07-17 14:54:47

The variegated squirrel (Sciurus variegatoides) is native to many regions, including Honduras, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Panama, Mexico, El Salvador, and Guatemala. It is one of over a hundred species of tree squirrel, and it can vary in color from whites to red, depending on the subspecies. It holds at least fourteen subspecies. The variegated squirrel appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern”. Image Caption: Sciurus variegatoides in Curú Wildlife Refuge,...

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