museum asks people to help count squirrels
How many are in your Zip code? Notebaert Nature Museum, UIC want
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
How many squirrels are in your Zip code?
Scientists at the Peggy Notebaert Nature
Museum, the Chicago Academy of Sciences
and the University of Illinois at
want to know.
They're asking people in the
area to record sightings of the rodents on a Web site.
The Chicago Academy of Sciences, Peggy
of Illinois at Chicago are asking for contributions to
Urban ecologist Steve Sullivan leads the effort and says the
is a “squirrel hot spot.”
Researchers say the data offers insight into to the rodents’
behavior and the overall ecology of the region.
People going to the Web site are taken through a checklist that
asks for the date, time, location and other information.
And if you don't see any squirrels, the researchers want to hear
about that, too.