Forest Ecosystems Daily: Carolina Northern Flying Squirrels (i.e., Not all plants all the time)

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Wildlife biologists Summer (L) and Cordie (R) joined us at Roan High Bluff to share their work on data collection methods for the elusive Carolina northern flying squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus, a federally endangered specei

Wildlife biologists Summer Higdon (L) and Cordie Diggins (R) joined us at Roan High Bluff to share how they collect data for the elusive Carolina northern flying squirrel, Glaucomys sabrinus coloratus, a federally endangered species. Their niche in these high elevation spruce-fir forests, where they dig for truffles that grow just below the soil surface. At lower elevations, they are unable to compete with the more aggressive southern flying squirrel for nesting sites. They’ve trapped and radio-collared several squirrels at Roan High Bluff, luring them with an enticing recipe of molasses-peanut butter-bacon grease mixed with rolled oats on top of an apple.