We collected all squirrel cages today and counted up our amount of squirrels caught. We successfully snagged over 200 squirrels! Today we fitted them with radio collars and noted their relationships to one another and separated them into different cages. We also dyed characteristic numbers onto their backs with special vegetable-based dyes to identify them and so we can match squirrels to cages. We were careful to note their origins as well.
This is such an amazing opportunity, and I can hardly believe, even after all these months, that we are really accomplishing so much in our community. It has truly changed our perception of naturalists and nature in general - it is far more delicate and intricate and wonderful than we'd previously thought. Our need to protect it is growing day by day, and our determination and passion for the environment has increased dramatically. I can only hope that the difference it makes on the burrowing owl population will be just as large, if not larger!