|Image: Eastern Gray Squirrel, William N. Beckon via Wikimedia Commons|
It is a toss up between the pigeon and the squirrel for the quintessential urban animal! (Read Wild About: Pigeons.)
Earlier this month, Studio-X NYC cheekily posted on their blog, "OK, move over pigeons: it’s time talk about squirrels and the city!" The post referred to a new paper titled "The Urbanization of the Eastern Gray Squirrel in the United States" by historian Etienne Benson. PhD candidate Mikel Maria Delgado at UC Berkeley also reviewed Benson's article and provided squirrel resources such as Project Squirrel, a citizen science squirrel survey and the North American Tree Squirrels, by Michael A. Steele and John L. Koprowski.
Feeling whimsical? Consider the Kid O Nutty Squirrel pull toy. Or, a squirrel gift for an adult? The Swedish store Åhlens used to stock this squirrel lamp (via Design*Sponge) and Anthropologie carries a squirrel nutcracker (very seasonal). And Etsy probably sells all things squirrel.
Previously in the Wild About series: Eating insects, Chipmunks, Pigeons, Ginkgo.
Wild About was inspired by the Animal Love series at Design*Sponge.