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.
Rachel 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.
Not 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.