Southern California Squirrel Survey | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

From left to right: Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger), Western Gray Squirrel (Sciurus griseus), California Ground Squirrel (Otospermophilus beecheyi), Squirrel Survey Outreach

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Southern California Squirrel Survey

Southern California Squirrel Survey

The Southern California Squirrel Survey is a citizen-science based research program to catalog the occurrence of squirrels in the greater southern California region. Although squirrels are well-known to people, they are often overlooked. Not many people realize that eastern fox squirrels are not native to California. Similarly, the decline of the native western gray squirrel has gone unnoticed. The aim of the Southern California Squirrel Survey is to learn more about the distribution and behavior of these species, as well as the many other understudied species in our regions, such as the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus), eastern gray squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis), lodgepole chipmunk (Tamias speciosus), and Merriam’s chipmunk (Tamias merriami).