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Project Squirrel

Main Project Information
Goal Help scientists better understand urban squirrel biology.
Task Count squirrels in your neighborhood, report findings online.
Where Global, anywhere on the planet
Description

Project Squirrel is calling all citizen scientists to count the number of squirrels in their neighborhoods and report their findings. The goal is to understand urban squirrel biology, including everything from squirrels to migratory birds, nocturnal mammals, and secretive reptiles and amphibians. To gain data on squirrel populations across the United States, citizen scientists will also be asked, when possible, to distinguish between two different types of tree squirrels - gray and fox.

Anyone can participate in Project Squirrel. No matter where you live, city or suburb, from the Midwest to the East Coast, Canada to California, if squirrels live in your neighborhood, you are encouraged to become a squirrel monitor.

The scientists at Project Squirrel will also use this project to understand the effect that participation in citizen science has on participants. By contributing to Project Squirrel and documenting your experience, you can provide valuable information that will eventually be used to recruit other citizen scientists.

How to Join

Participants can record observations online or mail in a printable form from the following website: http://projectsquirrel.org/participate.shtml.

Related Material: http://www.sciencecheerleader.com/2009/04/gray_squirrel_gray_squirrel_shake_your_bushy_tail/

Website http://projectsquirrel.org
Required Gear

A computer with Internet access.

Ideal Age Group Elementary school (6 - 10 years), Adults, Families
Spend the Time outdoors
Type of Activity On a hike, At home
Media Mentions
and Publications
Tags squirrel
Project Updated 12/14/2016