. . . at least, according to reader Melissa, it is at the Washington Post, which is running a number of articles on squirrels that are really interesting and funny. I think Squirrel Week ends today, but it may already be over. Happily, the articles remain. It appears to be the creation of reporter John Kelly, who is clearly obsessed with these adorable rodents.
You particularly want to click on the “Ask a Squirrel Expert” link, where, for a next week, you could ask squirreley questions of Kelly and Dr. Etienne Benson of the University of Pennsylvania. (Benson, curiously, is not a biologist, but an assistant professor of the history and sociology of science. He has a really nice article in the Journal of American History [free online] on “The urbanization of the eastern gray squirrel in the United States“, and you’ll want to read it if, like me, you love these wily little rodents.)
Here’s a sample of the Q&A:
The link to the Canadian origin of black squirrels is here.
The link to the piece of squirrel/birdseed wars is here.
There’s also a Squirrel Photo Contest. Here’s the winner and a description:
The winner was Ian Richardson, a retired aeronautical engineer and church administrator who lives with his wife at Leisure World in Lansdowne, Va. Ian is an avid amateur photographer. He was out taking a walk on the grounds of Leisure World when he spied a squirrel going in and out of a hole in the trunk of a dead tree. He set his Nikon D600 — fitted with a Sigma 300-800mm telephoto lens — on a tripod and, he said, “happened to be lucky enough to catch two of them trying to do it at the same time.”
Ian professed no special affection for squirrels. “They’re kind of cute, but a nuisance,” he said.
A few other entries: