Welcome to Squirrel Gazer!
My name is Amanda and I am a Ph.D. student at the University of California, Los Angeles. I spend most of my days thinking about how animals think and interact with the world. My current research project is exploring the foraging decisions of wild squirrels.
One thing I have learned while working with squirrels is that a lot of people share my love for (and obsession with) squirrels! I would like to use this blog as a platform to share squirrel:
No post would be complete without an adorable photo or video of squirrels. Here, is a short video montage of a family of California ground squirrels (Spermophilus beecheyi) enjoying a meal at my custom made squirrel feeder that collects data. You can find out more about what this feeder does and how it is helping me learn about squirrel foraging behavior here.
This unique species of squirrel lives underground in burrows throughout the West Coast of the United States and Baja California. One cool feature of the Cali ground squirrel is their cheek pouches! If you watch this video closely you can see that not all the squirrels are eating the seeds they find at the feeder immediately... many of them are quickly tucking their bounty in to their cheek pouches and carrying it away for later!
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