NHMU is studying Fox Squirrels, and we need your help!
The fox squirrel (Sciurus niger), a species native to the eastern half of the US, have recently become established in Utah. They were first reported in 2011 in Salt Lake City along the Jordan River, and have since been spreading along the Wasatch Front. The arrival of Fox Squirrels has offered an opportunity to study, first-hand, the ecology of an introduced species, and it is also the perfect opportunity to harness the power of citizen science!
Data you submit will help NHMU scientists:
- Explore the distribution of Fox Squirrels (where they are present, or not present)
- Understand how are they interacting with their environment (What do they eat? When are they active?, etc.)
NHMU hosted Squirrel Fest December 7-13th, 2020 and we received hundreds of squirrel observations from citizen scientists in Utah. Thank you to everyone who took part! We're keeping the observation form open, so continue to look for, observe, and send us info on Fox Squirrels using our data form above.
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Tips for identifying Fox Squirrels
- Adults are large compared to Utah's native tree squirrels, ranging from 18 to 28 inches in total length (including the tail).
- Have grizzled gray-and-orange backs and undersides that range from pale yellow to bright orange.
- Tails are very bushy, bright orange, and very long (very fox-like!) – almost as long as their body.
- Highly adapted to living in trees, and travelling along power lines and fences. When startled, they will escape by climbing.
- Fox Squirrel Vocalizations