Monday, July 7, 2014
Contribute to Research Right Here at Home
My husband and I have seen an unusual squirrel in our neighborhood. The squirrel has a white tail, white feet and white on her (or "his" if you prefer) face. We each have seen her several times within a few blocks of our house. We live in a retirement community that covers about 250 wooded, landscaped and built up acres. This morning I saw the white tailed squirrel on the other side of our campus in a small park that was formerly part of a golf course. As the crow flies this is about 1/2 mile from our house. I wondered if squirrels usually roam that far afield. I went on line to learn more about our squirrel. There I met Rob Nelson, principle investigator of the White and Albino Squirrel Research Initiative. I recommend that you meet Rob, too. He offers a video of unusual squirrel sitings and lots of easy to read commentary. Here's where to find him. He runs a video production company called "Untamed Science". He seems to live an untamed life. I learned that the squirrel in our neighborhood is a Pibald White - neither traditionally colored, nor pure white. There is a picture of a similar squirrel on his web site. I was able to submit a summary of my sighting which will add to his research. His sightings have been predominately in the Eastern United States. He shows no sightings at all from Washington State where I live. So. Look sharp, neighbors. You might see a Pibald squirrel too. If you do, send your report to Rob.