Summary of 2010 Squirrel Count in Brevard North Carolina

Summary of 2010 Squirrel Count in Brevard North Carolina

Brevard’s white squirrels would seem to be doing well as preparations are being made for the Seventh Annual White Squirrel Festival on Memorial Day weekend.

Under the supervision of the Heart of Brevard, community volunteers conducted the 14th Annual Brevard Squirrel Count this past fall over a three square mile study area centered on the Courthouse.

The Count is not meant to be a true census but rather an estimate of the percentage of the white versus the gray variant of the Eastern Gray Squirrel.

This year’s estimate of 37.1% is the highest yet on record, well above the 14 year average being 28.1%. Overall abundance of squirrels, both white and gray, was up representing the third highest in count history.

The highest concentration of the white variant was once again along the southeast margin of the study area north and east of Brevard Elementary School, Warren and Bluebird Lane, McCrary Acres, Morgan Heights and the general area between Elm Bend Road and Outland Avenue. Because of its park-like landscape, Brevard College remains a good place to view your first white squirrel although their abundance there seems to have declined slightly in recent years. Overall results can be viewed by clicking here. Likewise, particulars for the 35 Sectors of the study area can viewed by following this link.

To participate in future counts or in becoming a designated Squirrel Spotter for a neighborhood contact Madrid Zimmerman (828-884-3278; heartexec@comporium.net), Director of the Heart of Brevard, or Bob Glesener (828-862-3231; rrglesener@gmail.com), Director of the White Squirrel Research Institute.  This article is from the Heart of Brevard