Mission Accomplished

Eastern fox squirrel found on University of Michigan campus.

Eastern fox squirrel found on University of Michigan campus.

At last, I have spotted some squirrels! The first time that I went around looking for them, they kept on playing hide and seek, only coming out every once in a while. Finally, after time and patience, I have found them. It was a struggle, but it was definitely worth it.

In the summer, squirrels are known to be most active two times a day. Specifically, two to three hours after the sun has risen and two to three hours before sunset. From this research, I now know that searching for squirrels during science class is not a good time to do so, since we meet from 2:40 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.  We are never able to find any squirrels during class because the sun sets at around 9:00 p.m. in Michigan, and science class meets at about six hours before sunset. So, I have decided to expand my research and observe places other than WCC campus.

I decided to make some observations at my home in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I noticed that whenever I get home from school at around 5:00 p.m., there are always three or four squirrels surrounding the bird feeder in my front yard. Since I know that there are squirrels in my area, I decided to go squirrel watching on the morning of June 25 at 7:30 a.m. While I was sitting quietly in my front yard, I saw three eastern fox squirrels. One of the squirrels was walking along the road, while the other two squirrels were climbing on a nearby tree. I know they were eastern fox squirrels because they were found in an urban environment and they had reddish-brown fur which  are common characteristics of an eastern fox squirrel.

The other place where I saw a squirrel was at the University of Michigan campus on a warm, sunny day. I was sitting in the Diag on central campus with a few of my friends on June 22 at 6:30 p.m. All of a sudden, one of my friends said, “Hey look, it’s a squirrel!” My immediate reaction was to turn around and snap a picture of what appeared to be an eastern fox squirrel. I tried to get as close as I could to the squirrel, but I only got about 15 feet away before it got scared and ran off. The squirrel had reddish-brown fur and a lighter underside. Eastern fox squirrels also tend to like to be in open environments and urban settings which is very similar to the setting of the Diag.


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