American Red Squirrels at Concordia

The American Red Squirrel is one of the species of squirrels found on Concordia’s campus. They are abundant in number and can be seen frequently while walking through campus. There have been numerous studies done on the squirrels on campus using radio telemetry. Squirrels are captured and equipped with a collar that allows the researchers to track the squirrels movement and location. From these studies, data was able to be collected on how squirrels live and behave on Concordia‚Äôs campus.

From studies done by Concordia students and professors, the following conclusions have been made about American Red Squirrels on campus. Red squirrels prefer to nest in coniferous trees on campus, but they have also been observed in deciduous trees, holes in the ground, under sidewalks, and in storm drains. They have a more defined territory and will defend it from other squirrels. Because of this red squirrels tend to bury their food more concentrated in their territory rather than spread out. Red squirrels also spent more time chasing each other and socializing than gray squirrels.

On this map of campus, the red dots represent locations American Red Squirrels have been known occupy.

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