Jim Gilbert's Nature Notes: Watch for flying squirrels

  • by: Jim Gilbert , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 27, 2013 - 9:07 AM

Flying squirrels don’t hibernate, although during extreme cold they do huddle together in a state of light, transitory hibernation known as torpor. Because they are strictly nocturnal, we rarely see these restless little squirrels. However, they are common woodland creatures even in our tree-covered Twin Cities neighborhoods and readily come to wildlife feeding stations for seeds and suet. They appear soon after sunset. A spotlight fixed on the feeder makes viewing easier and doesn’t keep them away.

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