Extending the Search


Tree where I saw the red squirrel on June 16.

Tree in the “bowl,” where I saw the red squirrel, in the tree, on June 16.

In my second post as a contributor to this blog, Science On Campus, I talked about squirrels on WCC’s campus, and how their appearance depends on the time of day. I will now like to extend my observations from school grounds to my local area as a whole.


Tree on West Michigan Avenue, where I saw the four squirrels playing together on June 13.












June 13

10 a.m.

65 degrees, Partly Cloudy, Medium Humidity

It was the second day after I picked the citizen science project I’d be contributing to, Project Squirrel, and I was on the look out for squirrels. My mother and I had just picked up the first neighbor in our carpool, and were headed down the street to pick up the second. During the drive through the neighborhood we saw seven squirrels total. Four of them were playing together and chasing each other throughout someone’s front yard, near a tree. The other three were all alone, scattered amongst the trees by the road. Unfortunately, I was unable to catch a picture of them, for we were driving by, making it harder to identify them. But, through visual recognition, I believe the squirrels I saw were all, if not most, Fox squirrels.

June 20

10 a.m.

66 degrees, Cloudy, Medium Humidity

Seven days have gone by since I’ve last seen a squirrel outside of campus, and I started to become hopeless. I knew I’d only have seven indescribable squirrels to write about. Then, out of the corner of my eyes, what do you know, I saw a squirrel, another squirrel. another squirrel, and another squirrel! We were on West Michigan Avenue driving towards Dexter road when I saw these blog-saving animals. Each one was playing alone by front-yard trees, along the road. Then, what do you know, about fifteen minutes later when we were driving down Golfside road, near the golf course, we saw two squirrels on the course. They were about twenty to twenty-five feet apart, so I’m unsure if they were playing together or not. I would have watched until I could answer this question for sure, but we were, once again, driving by to get to school.
In conclusion, I learned that squirrels are not where you plan on them being. I thought doing this project was going to be effortless, and easy, apparently I was wrong. An educational experience is exactly what this was, and my thoughts about squirrels and their natural habitats have definitely been altered. Project Squirrel isn’t just a squirrel search, it’s a whole new learning experience.