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Date Posted: 21:06:50 02/02/10 Tue
Author: Dennis
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Subject: Re: Flyers on the ground
In reply to: S. Patterson 's message, "Re: Flyers on the ground" on 11:39:02 02/01/10 Mon

I wouldn't think they would go far on the ground.
Under ground northern flyers sounds strange but
makes sense for warmth.

How are your two doing?

>Actually, this is not unusual at all. Flyers come down
>to the ground much more often than is commonly
>thought. Reasons - to forage, to cache food, to dig
>for false truffles attached to the roots of trees (the
>northern flying squirrel's favourite food).
>
>My son is radio-tracking northern flyers in the Sheep
>River Mountains of Alberta and this winter he has
>found several UNDERGROUND aggregates. These
>subterranean groupings have been recorded previously
>in peer-reviewed papers by others studying the ecology
>of northern flying squirrels via radio-collars during
>winter months. The underground homes would serve to
>better regulate warmth than but the biggest old-growth
>snags.
>
>But you won't likely find a flyer far from a tree
>trunk. In communications with a grad student who is
>conducting radio-collar-based studies in the US, she
>has found that flyers presented with no gliding
>option, WILL NOT cross a simple two-lane road on foot.

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  • Re: Flyers on the ground -- JV, 10:34:14 02/04/10 Thu (97-116-157-226.mpls.qwest.net/97.116.157.226)
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