That’s the number of squirrels counted in the tally by volunteers at New York’s Central Park.
Read this great article from Smithsonian.com which includes a succinct history of the creatures, from the 1800s on, including a mob gawking at an escaped pet squirrel in 1856.
Why the count? “
We do it for the squirrels, because it makes us happy.”
thoughtful article on a squirrel-harvesting trend that’s gaining ground, especially in England where the grey squirrel is encroaching on the native red squirrel (championed by the Red Squirrel Survival Trust — who have the support of Prince Charles, among others). Culling without wasting food..?
Ragu, yes? Or perhaps a pie with sweet pickled onion relish..?
“…one lucky photographer hit the jackpot after catching an incredibly rare albino squirrel on camera while in his garden in North Dulwich. Father-of-two Simon Pimblett, 53, was stunned when he spotted the cheeky white creature raiding his bird feeders two weeks ago…”
Story in the Daily Mail.
*in the northern hemisphere
A delightful visit to feed the denizens of a squirrel park in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. (via
We salute the Cornell Squirrel Club —
here’s their Facebook page — a conservation-oriented group of students serving the community and our favorite sharp-eyed friends.