The Santa Cruz, Calif., Sentinel has an important reminder for those getting ready to trim trees:
“Spring is just a few weeks away and squirrels have already built their nests and are having their young. It is also a time when many of us trim trees and branches.
If at all possible, please postpone trimming trees and branches with nests in them. Wait until the babies, called “pinkies,” are old enough to leave the nest on their own. An average nest has from two to four squirrel babies but may have as many as six.”
The article also has good tips on how to build an artificial squirrel nest, and what to do if you do accidentally knock a squirrel nest out of a tree.