Flying Squirrel – 4/4/22

Observer: Richard Kramer

Observation Date: 4/4/22

Observation Time: 9:22 p.m.

Observation Location: Beach St.

Common Name: Northern flying squirrel

Scientific Name: Glaucomys sabrinus

Comments:  Click the link below to see a very short (but very cool!) video of a flying squirrel taking flight from a flying squirrel nesting box installed by Kurt Buermann and Richard Kramer. They also installed a video camera to see and record flying squirrel activity at the nesting box.

Flying squirrels don’t actually fly like a bird. They glide. Long tails help flying squirrels steer themselves when gliding.

Flying squirrels are nocturnal. Their big eyes help them see at night. Because they are nocturnal, many Sharon residents may not be aware of their presence in our town.

Both northern and southern flying squirrels are found in Massachusetts. Northern flying squirrels are larger than southern flying squirrels.

More Information: Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program and Connecticut Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection

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