Nature #1: Squirrel Den

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Blog entry by WayneC posted 07-02-2014 05:25 AM 1442 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We have recently had squirrels showing up in the yard and decided to encourage them to stay. My son and I are building some dens for them. These are nothing special, built with big box pine. We cut the parts for 4 boxes. We donated the first to a local nature preserve. The other three are for the yard.

The dens we build are based on plans from the Missouri Department of Conservation. There are nice PDF plans for the dens on the page.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#1 posted 07-02-2014 01:04 PM

Thanks for sharing Wayne. Looks good.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 01:24 PM

I like squirrels maybe more than birds. Most people tell me I’m the only one. It’s interesting they recommend the nesting boxes in sets of three.

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 01:36 PM

Wow, I didnt know there even was such a thing as squirrel Dens, Pretty cool.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 01:49 PM

I wish you would come here and attract the squirrels from my yard into yours! LOL! I have a pin oak in my back yard, right outside the shop, that always has a bumper crop of acorns and thus attracts the squirrels from miles around! They are entertaining but leave a HUGE mess. On EVERYTHING! I have declared war on them but honestly, they are winning! Nothing I can do to repel them and I am unwilling to kill them.
I think I am stuck!

-- The most dangerous tool in my shop is the one I am currently using! Harvey

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 03:59 PM

Nice project – We live out in the country and we love to watch our squirrels – If you like to read get a book about squirrels by Richard W. Thorington Jr. titled Squirrels The Animal Answer Guide.

An interesting fact about squirrels: Most people have noticed that squirrels can climb down trees head-first.

What you may not know is how they do it. Tree squirrels have ankle joints that are adapted to be super flexible. When a squirrel wants to climb down it can rotate its feet 180 degrees, dig its claws into the trunk and hang from its back legs.

In human terms this would mean that you could rotate your feet around till they were pointing backwards.

Sometimes squirrels will even hang on by their back legs and swing like a bat.

Enjoy your new friends

-- Reginald

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#6 posted 07-02-2014 05:13 PM

Nice job on the dens, but I hate squirrels.
Chipmunks are nicer and cuter. ;-p

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#7 posted 07-03-2014 12:06 AM

squirrels got into my shop attic and took every piece of insulation out of the ceiling 9” of it. They scraped it clean and also most of the plastic insulation of the wires that run some of my power tools. I don’t hate them but don’t really like them either. I hope their noses are itchy!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#8 posted 07-03-2014 12:17 AM

Nice looking squirrel dens! It’s good of you and your son to make homes for the little fur balls!

-- Dean

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#9 posted 07-03-2014 01:59 AM

That is what life is about, if you ask me.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#10 posted 07-03-2014 02:27 AM

Are squirrels uncommon in your area Wayne? You can’t go three steps around my parts w/o seing a dozen or more. So if you need some extras…

Hopefully they like their new digs.

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#11 posted 07-03-2014 03:40 AM

Thanks guys. The trees in the neighborhood are just getting mature enough to provide cover for them. We only started seeing them in the last six months. My son is autistic and really enjoys them, so we are encouraging them.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 07-03-2014 06:54 AM

That’s a cool project, looks great! Thanks for sharing

-- I don't make mistakes, I make design challenges!

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 03:23 AM

Awesome project to do with your son! Now snap a photo with a squirrel going in…

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#14 posted 07-04-2014 04:29 AM

Good one Wayne

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#15 posted 07-08-2014 07:40 PM

Thanks. Will hunt for squirrel photo ops.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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