Ground Squirrels, Tree Squirrels, and In Between

Oct 13, 2015

Whether a person loves squirrels for their acrobatics or wishes they would leave the bird feeders alone, squirrels are here to stay.  Over the years, wildlife biologist Jim Pease has collected more than twenty names Iowans have given ground squirrels, ranging from "squinneys" to "liners." 

During this Talk of Iowa program, he talks with host Charity Nebbe about diets,  habitats, ground squirrels and tree squirrels.

"The so-called squirrel-proof feeder has yet to be found," Pease says. "I have several ways of keeping a majority of the squirrels out of my bird feeders, but not all of them. They tend to figure out a way. There seems to be some smart ones among them, and some engineers among them that find a way to get into that feeder. It's always a great challenge."

Then Charity Nebbe and Jim Pease take calls from listeners about their squirrel stories and problems. That and more on this edition of Talk of Iowa.