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Douglas
Franco Folini

© Dennis Hysom (audio)
Douglas' Squirrel, Tamiasciurus douglasii
John Muir is said to have described the Douglas Squirrel as "by far the most interesting and influential of the California sciuridae (squirrels)". Noisier than most, the Douglas Squirrel has a large repertoire of calls. Mating takes place in early spring, sometimes again in mid-summer for a second litter. While not exactly a fancier of California cuisine, the Douglas Squirrel is a sophisticated forager and eater. In late summer and fall, this squirrel cuts cones from tree limbs and feeds on the seeds at special feeding stations in trees, below which discarded scales pile into middens (piles), which can grow quite large. It stores green cones in moist places to keep them tender and often caches mushrooms in forks of trees. Learn more about this species
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