North American Flying Squirrels, etc.
If you are ever in the Washington, DC area in winter, the Long Branch Nature Center here in Arlington has a Southern Flying Squirrel program that is pretty cool. The squirrels come to a feeder on the deck. They have a one hour talk, which is mostly for kids, and ask for a $3 donation, but you can skip those and just show up around dusk.
The squirrels blam into the tree and immediately race around to the other side, scoot down to get a nut, then race up the tree and launch themselves into the air. They have a high cute factor and it is easy to stand there for an hour watching them.
I am wondering if anyone knows of a public place where Northern Flying Squirrels come to a feeder. I have had no luck finding them in the wild where I have been in their range.
I am also wondering if anyone knows of a good place for Snowshoe Hares in the eastern US. I know they are abundant in places, I just don’t know where those places are.
I’d like to make a trip north before the winter sets in, trying for those two species is a good reason to go.
Thanks in advance,
I’ve seen Northern Flying from my old front porch a couple times in Washington state but by no means were they common. They are seen from time to time in Rainier NP but again that is hit and miss at best. I hope someone posts something that would be a good place for a future photo trip next time I am in the states…
Hi John, I ll be in Dc around aug 19/20 to soon for the Squirrels I guess? Are there any good mammal areas nearby DC?
Many thanks Gerald Broddelez
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Thanks John for this info. Its great to get information like this… I am certain there are places around the world to see so many species and equally certain that its very hard to find out about them, even with google!
Now I just need to get to DC
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Snowshoe hares are common (at least in some years) on Mt. Washington, New Hampshire. I am pretty sure other high mountains in NH, MS and VT are also good.
NFS is much more difficult to see than SFS, I’ve never had a good look in the East, and not for the lack of trying. In the West, Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite is about 50% reliable if you are willing to devote an entire night to it.
Do you think those SFSs in Arlington would be there in November?