Grey Squirrel Nesting
Take a nature break and check out this squirrel collecting nesting material. Local tracker Kim Cabrera, from Beartracker Nature Films, gathered video from game cams to give us a glimpse of how this little mammal gathered and moved bark to create its nest.
Cabrera takes us into our local forests and points out a pile of bark at the base of a tree. She knows what caused it. “A western gray squirrel has been harvesting the bark of this redwood tree for nest material,”said Cabrera. “The bark is very fibrous and makes perfect soft nest material.”
Later, she shows how the work of the squirrel is different from other animals such as that of a deer rubbing its antlers against a tree trunk. The video is a mini-lesson on how to see the traces animals leave of their lives in the world around us.
Cabrera makes regular videos on nature. Here are a few of our favorites that she’s shared with us before:
- Vultures Doing the Wild Thing (Ever Seen That Before?)
- Bear Stomp
- Bet You Can’t Guess Who Harvested This Mushroom?
- Mountain Lion or Dog Track?
- When It’s Unbearably Hot, What’s a Mama Bear to Do?