This red squirrel was salvaged by the Kalamazoo Nature Center and mounted for the museum's education collection by Waddell Creek Taxidermy.
Red squirrels, Tamiasciurus hudsonicus, can be found throughout the northern half of North America and are very common in Michigan. Theyprefer coniferous forests and feed primarily on the seeds and cones of evergreen trees when available. They will also eat bird eggs, berries, fruits, nuts, seeds, and a variety of other foods.
Red squirrels are active throughout the year and in the spring females can have litters of three to seven young. They are smaller than gray squirrels, measuring 27-38.5 cm in length and can often be heard chattering in trees to communicate.
Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Zoology (April 2020) Zoologists and animal lovers alike can investigate unique animal specimens from habitats all around the world. Discover where these animals live, what they eat and what makes them special!