Monthly Archives: January 2014

What Do Squirrels Do With Their Claws?

Claws or Paws

Squirrels are famous for acrobatic feats of daring in their quest to find food and evade predators. Their claws grip the bark as they race through trees at speeds reaching 10 to 15 mph.  These claws are also very useful when someone hasn’t said ‘please’ or ‘thank you’ in front of a fresh batch of peanuts. Remember, good manners will get you far.

Are Squirrels Environmental Activists?

This squirrel knows a health environmentRachel Carson’s 1962 book, SILENT SPRING, ignited the environmental  movement in the United States. In developing her theories, she garnered information from citizen scientists who, in their own backyards, had discovered  squirrels and birds poisoned by pesticides.  By showing concern for the smallest inhabitants of their communities, 1960’s citizen scientists changed the world. Here at the Edge of the Wood we applaud environmental activists, in all shapes and sizes.

Do Birds of a Feather Always Fly Together?

Nuthatch and Titmouse flock togetherNot necessarily according to this Stanford University paper. Multi-species flocking, especially in the winter, makes for more eyes and ears  to detect food and predators. It has been shown  that Chickadees and Titmice are used as sentinels by Downy Woodpeckers. Birds have the ability to pool their resources and use each other’s strengths to help everyone get through the winter. Sounds like a good plan to us.

Welcome to 2014

wildones2Here at the edge of the wood we want to wish you a joyous and creative 2014.  As you can plainly see in this archival image, the squirrels, birds, chipmunks and turkeys are determined to show you exactly what’s been going on….if only they could just look through the viewfinder.