Welcome to the Southern California Squirrel Survey!

I’m Jim Dines, a mammalogist at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. My colleague, Miguel Ordeñana, and I established this project to improve what is known about the distribution of squirrels in southern California. Your contributed observations will help!

Did you know that the eastern fox squirrels commonly observed in southern California are not native to the area? As their common name implies, these tree squirrels were introduced from the eastern United States about 100 years ago. We’re interested in tracking the expansion of this introduced species, but we also hope to gain valuable insight into what is happening when the introduced eastern fox squirrel comes into contact with the native western gray squirrel. Both are large bushy-tailed tree squirrels but you can tell them apart by their color: eastern gray squirrels have reddish-brown fur and are commonly seen in urban and suburban neighborhoods; western gray squirrels have silver-gray fur and live in ...more ↓

Posted on September 18, 2013 05:24 PM by jdines jdines | 1 comments | Leave a comment

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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m_jon

Date

August 7, 2013 01:02 PM PDT

Description

California ground squirrel

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What

Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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nhm_nature

Date

November 20, 2014 11:43 AM PST

Description

Observation and photo taken during volunteer training at the Tar Pits Museum!

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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nhm_nature

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November 20, 2014 11:34 AM PST

Description

Observation and photo taken during volunteer training at the Tar Pits Museum!

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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nhm_nature

Date

November 20, 2014 11:23 AM PST

Description

Observation and photo taken during volunteer training at the Tar Pits Museum!

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No photos or sounds

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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asemerdj

Date

November 17, 2014 10:27 AM PST

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No photos or sounds

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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asemerdj

Date

November 7, 2014

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Square

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California ground squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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asemerdj

Date

May 12, 2014

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Square

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san joaquin antelope squirrel Ammospermophilus nelsoni

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asemerdj

Date

May 2, 2013 04:47 PM PDT

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(Somewhere...)

Description

SJAS

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Square

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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nhmordenana

Date

November 16, 2014 07:15 AM PST

Description

Being fed bread by a homeowner

nhmordenana Project curator ID

Sciurus niger

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Chipmunks Genus Tamias

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john8

Date

November 15, 2014 02:19 PM PST

Description

Grassy Hollow

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No photos or sounds

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Western Grey Squirrel Sciurus griseus

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asemerdj

Date

November 15, 2014

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Square

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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kconover

Date

November 12, 2014 08:42 AM PST

Description

Viewed in NHM Nature Gardens

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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finatic

Date

November 2, 2014 07:56 AM PST

Description

Orange County, California, US

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Square

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

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gregpauly

Date

November 7, 2014 01:13 PM PST

Description

This is a bad photo, but if you enlarge the photo you can easily see the Fox Squirrel lounging on a branch of this tree. The squirrel had previously been eating the seeds from a magnolia fruit. Seen during lunch break at Ecology of the L.A. River symposium just a short while after I gave a talk about citizen science, including a mention of the SCSS.

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Square

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california ground squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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nshirkey

Date

November 7, 2014 09:02 AM PST

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Square

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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nshirkey

Date

October 29, 2014 08:58 AM PDT

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Square

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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finatic

Date

October 20, 2014 11:18 AM PDT

Description

San Diego County, California, US

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California Chipmunk Tamias obscurus

Observer

finatic

Date

May 10, 2008 10:02 AM PDT

Description

Riverside County, California, US

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California Chipmunk Tamias obscurus

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finatic

Date

May 10, 2008 10:16 AM PDT

Description

Riverside County, California, US

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Square

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Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

microm

Date

November 24, 2013

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Round-tailed Ground Squirrel Xerospermophilus tereticaudus

Observer

swbirder

Date

March 29, 2013 02:29 PM PDT

Description

Round-tailed ground squirrel (Xerospermophilus tereticaudus)

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No photos or sounds

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california ground squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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asemerdj

Date

September 21, 2014

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California Ground Squirrel Otospermophilus beecheyi

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jaykeller

Date

May 12, 2014 09:15 AM PDT

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Square

What

Eastern fox squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

nhmordenana

Date

September 15, 2014 09:56 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

nhmordenana Project curator ID

Sciurus niger

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Eastern fox squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

nhmordenana

Date

September 8, 2014 05:44 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

nhmordenana Project curator ID

Sciurus niger

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Square

What

Eastern fox squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

nhmordenana

Date

September 12, 2014 08:19 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

nhmordenana Project curator ID

Sciurus niger

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Eastern Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

dkuhlj

Date

September 7, 2014 10:35 AM PDT

Description

I observed two Eastern Fox Squirrels in the trees along Adams Blvd. in front of Mount Saint Mary's College. They were within 50 feet of each other, but they did not interact. They scratched at the grass to eat something and climbed back up into the trees.

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What

Eastern Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

dkuhlj

Date

September 7, 2014 10:25 AM PDT

Description

I saw two Eastern Fox Squirrels in the South Lawn area of the Mount Saint Mary's College campus within 100 feet of each other, but they were not interacting.

One squirrel was eating something out of a trash can. When I approached, it retreated to the shade under a car. It returned to the trash can as I left.

The second squirrel was scratching at the grass and eating something out of the grass. I observed this behavior for about 5 minutes before the squirrel climbed up into a tree and laid down on a branch.

Photos / Sounds

What

Eastern Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

dkuhlj

Date

September 6, 2014 06:55 AM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

I heard this Eastern Fox Squirrel chirping from across the road, as I was walking my dogs in the morning. It was perched in a California Pepper Tree. It scrambled down to the ground and back up into the branches several times as my dogs and I approached. It looked as if the squirrel was eating something in the grass. When we arrived at the sidewalk below, the squirrel perched on a branch and shook its tail at us until we left.

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What

Eastern Fox Squirrel Sciurus niger

Observer

dkuhlj

Date

August 30, 2014 01:20 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

This afternoon, I saw an Eastern Fox Squirrel traveling east on the power lines in my back yard. The power lines continue three more houses before ending near some pine trees.

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About

Squirrels are well-known but sometimes overlooked species of the southern California landscape. For instance, not many people realize that eastern fox squirrels are nonnative or how much their range has expanded. Similarly, the decline of the native western gray squirrel has gone unnoticed. We also want to learn more about the distribution and behavior of other understudied species such as ...more ↓

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