Welcome to the Cornell Squirrel Club! As a member of the Cornell community, if you are excited about squirrels or
just think that they are cute, then this is the place for you! The Squirrel Club is an official approved Independent University
Organization on the Cornell Campus. The aim of our club is to raise awareness about squirrel diversity
and lifestyles, have fun participating in squirrel-related activities, and enjoy the presence of campus squirrels. In pursuing this
mission, we hope to do all sorts of fun activities including, but not limited to, watching squirrel-related movies, listening to
guest speakers, and walking around Ithaca on squirrel watching adventures. For a complete list of our activity ideas, please click
on the activities tab. If you would like to know more about the origins of squirrel club, our historical
development can be found by clicking on the about button. For information about our officers or if you would like to know how to get
in contact with the club, please see the contact tab. Finally, for additional squirrel-related information, see the resources tab. Thank you
for checking out the site, and we hope to see you at our activities on campus!
Also, check out the US Squirrel Map that our club members have put together! There is a map of the United States and you can click on a state to learn more about the squirrels in that state. Click on the picture below:
THE FOX SQUIRREL SCIURUS NIGER
"Niger is a Latin word meaning black or dark, one of the three color phases of the fox squirrel.
Because the predominate color of its fur, at least in one of its color phases, was similar to the red fox, this squirrel
was commonly called the fox squirrel. However, these squirrels are also commonly called the cat squirrel and the stump-eared squirrel.
The first published record of this squirrel was in 1758 from an observation thought to have occurred in the southern part of South Carolina.
The fox squirrel is the largest tree squirrel. Its coat is typically reddish brown with a lighter belly.
There are three color phases, gray over yellow; reddish brown; and black. The fox squirrel can be found from the Eastern Rocky Mountains
to the East Coast and from the Gulf Coast up to Canada. However, these squirrels are not present in New England and are rare in New Jersey
and bordering states (PA and NY)." (Long 35-36)1