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Southern California Squirrel Survey

Main Project Information
Presented By Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Goal To better understand the biodiversity of squirrels in SoCal.
Task Find squirrels in SoCal, take photos of them, and share with us!

The Southern California Squirrel Survey is a citizen-science based research program to catalog the occurrence of squirrels in the greater southern California region.

Although squirrels are well-known to people, they are often overlooked. Not many people realize that eastern fox squirrels are not native to California. Similarly, the decline of the native western gray squirrel has gone unnoticed.

The aim of the Southern California Squirrel Survey is to learn more about the distribution and behavior of these species, as well as the many other understudied species in our regions, such as the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus), eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), lodgepole chipmunk (Tamias speciosus), and Merriam’s chipmunk (Tamias merriami).

How to Join

Participation in the Southern California Squirrel Survey is easy!

1. Look for Squirrels in Southern California

2. Take Pictures

3. Submit Your Observations
Option 1: E-mail
Option 2: Tag #NatureinLA when posting to social media
Option 3: Upload directly to the project via iNaturalist

Social Media
Required Gear

camera, Internet access

Special Skills Ability to recognize squirrels, take photos of them, and share them with NHM (online, social media, or e-mail). You do not need to be able to ID the squirrels.
Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, At home, At the beach, On a walk, run, At school, At a science center, zoo or aquarium
Class Materials
Tags la, los angeles, natural history museum of los angeles county, nhm, socal, southern california, squirrel, squirrel survey, squrrel, squrrel survey
Project Updated 05/23/2018