I know it’s been centuries in squirrel-years since I last posted, but this one landed in my lap, and it’s for a great cause:
Empty Cages Collective, an Alliance Participating Organization, was inundated with orphaned baby gray squirrels this fall. These babies were orphaned when their nest trees were cut down, their mother were hit by cars or indiscriminately poisoned with poison intended for rats. Most of these babies were “pulled” from Animal Care & Control where they were at risk of being unnecessarily killed. Others were rescued by the general public. Through timeless dedication, most of the babies survived and thrived and it is now overdue to prepare for their eventual fall (and for the younger ones, spring) release.
When rehabilitated grey squirrels are released back into the wild, a nest box needs to be placed in the area (per squirrel) where the release is happening so as to help them adjust to living the wild life. This is especially important with autumn babies who will not have the whole summer to find food in warmer weather. We really need to get some squirrel nest boxes made as buying them (about $60-75 a pop plus shipping) is completely unfeasible for ECC’s modest budget.
Empty Cages Collective is in desperate need for people with carpentry skills (or friends with carpentry skills) to step forward to help us build squirrel nest boxes. We are also in need of donated wood - as we would prefer to use recycled wood fiber left over from other projects instead of buying new as some of the squirrels we have were orphaned when their nest trees were cut down.
I am including a few plans on tree squirrel nest boxes for all of your perusal:
Please contact me if you think you can help!
The Empty Cages Collective