Squirrel nest boxes: are they effective in young hardwood stands?

  • Published source details Nixon C.M. & Donohoe R.W. (1979) Squirrel nest boxes: are they effective in young hardwood stands?. Wildlife Society Bulletin, 7, 283-284.


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 replicated study in 1973–1975 of two stands of young hardwood trees in Ohio and Illinois, USA (Nixon & Donohoe 1979) found that nest boxes were used by gray squirrels Sciurus carolinensis at one site and by flying squirrels Glaucomys volans at both sites. At a 21–23-year-old forest stand, gray squirrels did not make active use of any of 10 boxes but flying squirrels occupied 7–10 boxes over six inspections. At a 32–36-year-old forest stand, gray squirrels occupied 7–18 boxes across five inspections and flying squirrels occupied 2–6 boxes. Ten boxes were installed in autumn 1973 in the 21–23-year-old stand, which covered 1.9 ha. They were inspected six times from April 1974 to November 1975. Twenty boxes were installed in April 1973 in the 32–36-year-old stand, which covered 4 ha. They were inspected five times from August 1973 to March 1975.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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