Endangered mount Graham Red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis) uses nest following lightning strike

Melissa J. Merrick, R. Nathan Gwinn, Rebecca L. Minor, Rosa R. Jessen, Timothy G. Jessen, Vicki L. Greer, John L. Koprowski

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Abstract

Few studies have documented behavioral response of small mammals to fire. Here we report use of a nest by an adult Mount Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis), an endangered subspecies endemic to the Pinaleño Mountains of southeastern Arizona, following a direct lightning strike to a tree. After 2 days, the squirrel nested in this tree and remained in the area for another 136 days. This is evidence that red squirrels may tolerate some degree of fire on the landscape.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-124
Number of pages2
JournalSouthwestern Naturalist
Volume55
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics

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