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Title: Gray Squirrel Behavior


1
Gray Squirrel Behavior
2
Objective
  • To observe activity and foraging behavior of
    squirrels in a residential area vs a more natural
    setting
  • To determine if behaviors differ at different
    times of day

3
Procedure
  • Documented two habitats to be observed
  • My Back yard
  • small part of Cherokee park
  • Observation times
  • morning
  • afternoon
  • evening

4
Back Yard Observations
  • Area had 2 Maple trees and 2 smaller unknown
    trees w/ grassy undergrowth
  • 3 visible nests
  • 2 types of food source
  • Natural
  • foliage, seeds, etc.
  • Man made
  • open garbage cans
  • bird feeder
  • 2 Squirrels present

5
Activities
  • Feeding
  • usually done at the garbage cans or bird feedeer
  • done in the yard if cans were empty
  • two were never seen feeding together
  • Chasing
  • frequently chased eachother around yard
  • Usually most active between 10am and 1pm.
  • Hardly ever left the yard

6
Activities contd.
  • Decreased activity after 2 or 3pm
  • Small increase in the early evening
  • Virtually no activity at night

7
Park Observations
  • Habitat
  • denser tree popoulation
  • creek was close by
  • Nests
  • concentrated in trees closest to the water
  • Activities
  • same as those of the squirels in the back yard,
    except there was no chasing
  • more steady throughout the day

8
  • Spent majority of active time feeding, foraging
    and burying food
  • No a observed gressive or territorial behavior

9
Conclusions
  • Possibly due to the presence of a more abundant
    food source in the back yard
  • park individuals had to spend more time foraging
    in order to get their fill
  • Steadier rate of activity for park squirrels than
    those in the yard
  • Plotted graphs of the of active time over a 12
    hour span for both habitats

10
Back yard Graph
11
Park Graph
12
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