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Date Posted: 19:03:21 11/16/06 Thu
Author: S. K. Dixon
Subject: What southern flying squirrel?
In reply to: Squiggy's Mom 's message, "Re: Excellent ideas, Linda! It's always best to avoid taking a ..." on 14:26:31 11/16/06 Thu

S.M., you must be mistaken--that is a sugar glider, right? (Most folk won't know the difference!) Lucky for me, I am in a F.F.S.!!!!

>>Boy, am I glad I didnt find THAT site before I found
>YOU guys...Squiggy would be emaciated by now!
>I have learned SO much from everyone here.....if there
>is anything I can do to help,please let me
>know.......I am NOT from a Flyer Friendly State...but
>now,I am wondering,how many of us ARE there that are
>in a similar situation........I hate to admit it,but
>sometimes I talk about Squiggy to strangers as if she
>were my grandaughter..I cant help myself!! I went to
>the grocery store today and stocked up on fresh fruits
>and veggies just for her...just a piece or two of
>each...and some items from the bird dept....salt and
>mineral blocks,critter food,a straw hut,a hanging rope
>with wooden blocks on it.......the checkout girl
>looked at me kind of funny and held up the rope and I
>guess I had to explain and just got carried away.....I
>know I have to be careful........Anyway.......just
>curious-how many of you guys live in Flyer-Unfriendly
>states,if thats not too sensitvie a question...........
>Need to start by having someone from a flyer friendly
>>state, so they won't find someone knocking at their
>>door, write a low-key, friendly letter and send via
>>the Post Office to the agency given on the site saying
>>they would like to know who is currently responsible
>>for maintaining it with the view of collaborating
>>about updating some of the information in light of
>>newer research.
>>(Excellent ideas, Linda! It's always best to avoid
>>taking a ...) superior or antagonistic approach.
>>Do NOT at this time go into exactly what is wrong! But
>>do make it clear that you expect an answer because
>>they, of course, don't want outdated information
>>appearing under their name. Sending via the Post
>>Office has a better chance of getting to the right
>>person in the agency, but do include an e-mail address
>>for their reply. May want to set up a new e-mail
>>account just for this if you don't want to give out
>>your personal one.
>>Linda, would you consider composing the letter, whilst
>>we find someone in, say, either Florida or New Jersey,
>>to act as the contact?
>>Address for the agency should be fairly easy to find
>>by checking the official site for the state/Feds. Need
>>to mention being a spokesperson for a number of
>>interested people using the Internet. If no response
>>in 3 weeks, follow up with an e-mail to the agency's
>>general feedback address asking if they got your
>>The goal is to establish a working relationship with
>>someone who may be generations removed from the
>>"experts". This person may be very happy to
>>have help in correcting miss-information and updating
>>the site, so don't get them in trouble before giving
>>them a chance to work with us.
>>Linda, you're a born diplomat! I think we could also
>>bring this subject up at >>href="http://www.nfsa.us/phpBB2/index.php">NFSA
, as I'm sure everyone there would be
>>interested in this process, too!
>>Once a name is found, need to address what is wrong
>>with the current info and how it should be corrected.
>>At this time we can all help.
>>If response is less than satisfactory in getting a
>>name or the person's response, we can increase
>>pressure and/or go up various levels until the info is
>>either corrected, removed, or the site brought down.
>>Right we need one person to get the ball rolling and
>>report back here how things are progressing.
>>So, is anyone here 'up' for this job? To all of us, I
>>welcome email with suggestions for the letter, just
>>send it to me at skwerlbaitbevATaolDOTcom, with Letter
>>to Newton as the subject. I'll happily work with
>>Linda, to gather the best of the comments, and act as
>>editor/reviewer, if Linda is willing to be the 'major'
>>composer (much as the US Constitution was contributed
>>to by many, but Thomas Jefferson was the 'major'
>>composer, so elected by the other delegates for his
>>acknowledged way with words,as well as for his well
>>reasoned and insightful arguments.
>>>>Those people that came to
>>>>them for help, learned nothing in the way of caring
>>>>properly for their new furball. It made me mad.....
>>>>And it frustrated me, knowing I could do nothing
>>>>it. They call themselves experts...
>>Well, Agnes, I didn't actually see anything where they
>>claimed to be experts -- just experienced ('20
>>years' ...) Still, it is sad, and frustrating, to
>>think that 'Tammy', the original poster, went away
>>from the exchange thinking that fresh food for a flyer
>>is 'wasted'. Indeed, most of us can, at best, only
>>claim to be experienced, not 'experts' -- with perhaps
>>the exception of those, such as Steve Patterson, or
>>Nancy Wells-Gosling, or Dorcas MacClintock, who have
>>actually spend considerable time studying the flying
>>squirrel in its 'natural', as well as 'domesticated'
>>In all, it's my hope that 'Tammy' took the time to
>>further her search, regarding the keeping and care of
>>flying squirrels. There is no indication on the
>>Newton website of any dates for the messages, so it's
>>possible that info has been 'out there' for years and

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