Use of artificial nest boxes by Abert's squirrels

  • Published source details Pederson J.C. & Heggen A.W. (1978) Use of artificial nest boxes by Abert's squirrels. The Southwestern Naturalist, 23, 700-702.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

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Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Provide artificial dens or nest boxes on trees

    A study in 1974–1977 in a forest plantation site in Utah, USA (Pederson & Heggen 1978) found that nest boxes were used by Abert’s squirrel Sciurus aberti and red squirrel Tamiasciurus hudsonicus. After three years all 12 nest boxes installed were used by Abert's squirrels. Additionally, a red squirrel was detected in one next box, one year after installation. In May 1974, twelve nest boxes (30 × 30 × 40 cm) were placed in a forest area. Boxes were secured 7.6–14 m high, to ponderosa pine Pinus ponderosa, and were checked periodically for signs of use until October 1977.

    (Summarised by: Ricardo Rocha)

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