I started helping their squirrel survey last year. This year will be more of the same.
There was a call from the Dumfries & Galloway headquarters for help to mix up the bags of bait to go in the squirrel boxes.
|bags of maize, sunflower seeds and peanuts to be mixed|
|Maps of where our tetrads are located|
Looking at the hairs under the microscope is fun. Volunteers don't get to do this, but I had a shot at it one afternoon. The hair of most small mammals can be identified by their hair. Red squirrel, grey squirrel, badger, rat, mouse and sometimes pine martens!
It turns out that the red squirrel hairs are distinctive. They aren't completely round, there is a groove down one side. If you sliced the hair into sections, the cross section would have a kidney shape.
My tetrad isn't far from the house and I'm looking forward to finding out what's out there.
|126 bags of mixed squirrel bait|
This is the bags of mixed bait. Two parts maize, to one part peanuts and one part sunflower seeds.
AND our squirrels have returned. I have identified two different animals coming to the feeders. A male and a female red squirrel. As soon as the rain lets up, I'm going to move our squirrel feeder across the road. I don't want any further deaths on our road. I'll miss seeing them come to the feeder for nuts, but I must put their needs before mine.