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Lindsay Wildlife Museum: help them name their ground squirrel

By Gary Bogue
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 7:24 am in Ground squirrels, Lindsay Wildlife Museum.

Lindsay Wildlife Museum ground squirrel. Lindsay photo.

The California ground squirrel is oft-maligned for its propensity to dig holes where we don’t want them and to occasionally dine on gardeners’ tasty plants.

Many other California natives, however, depend on ground squirrels. They are an important food source for golden eagles and rattlesnakes and are also eaten by coyotes, foxes, large hawks, and gopher snakes.

Wild ground squirrel. Photo by Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, CA
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As a featured item on so many predators’ menus, it’s no surprise that ground squirrels sleep, raise their babies and store food in underground burrows. Squirrel burrows also provide shelter for tiger salamanders, snakes, and burrowing owls.

The Lindsay Wildlife Museum’s resident California ground squirrel was found when only a few weeks old and raised by people, in their home – never a good idea. Because she is too used to humans, and not afraid of potential predators, she can not live in the wild.  She is very social and interested in people, often interacting with museum visitors.

If you’d like to help them give her a name, please submit your suggestion here:

*** The Lindsay Wildlife Museum is located at 1931 First Ave., Walnut Creek, CA (925-935-1978). You can learn more about this wonderful place at

Even better, drop by for a visit and see the museum and its amazing resident wild creatures for yourself. You’ll love it (them)! Have a Happy New year! /Gary

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3 Responses to “Lindsay Wildlife Museum: help them name their ground squirrel”

  1. bhf Says:

    I am glad to see the Lindsay Wildlife Museum find another nice specimen for their showcase. People can really see that these squirrels are not out to get them, just to survive. However, we have poor reporting and biased representation of the ground squirrel.

    Why do we have to revisit the issue each time without an understanding of the true nature of the problem – encroachment into the native wildlands of the animals. If we cannot learn to live with them, we will fail at surviving ourselves. Then, maybe some of the animals will live in peace.

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