Publication Details

Late winter home range and habitat use of the Virginia northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus)

Ford, W. Mark; Mertz, Kely N.; Menzel, Jennifer M.; Sturm, Kenneth K.

Year Published

2007

Publication

Res. Pap. NRS-4. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 12 p.

Abstract

We radio-tracked two male and one female Virginia northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) in the Allegheny Mountains of West Virginia at Snowshoe Mountain Resort, in winter 2003 and Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge in winter 2004, respectively, to document winter home range and habitat use in or near ski areas. Male home range size in the winter was larger than that reported for males during summer and fall, whereas the female home range we observed was smaller than those reported for summer and fall. However, winter habitat use was similar to summer and fall habitat use reported in other studies. Virginia northern flying squirrels foraged and denned in both red spruce (Picea rubens)-dominated forests and northern hardwood forests; however, selection of red spruce-dominated forests and open areas was greater than expected based on availability. Use of northern hardwood forest occurred less than expected based on availability. Male squirrels denned near, and routinely crossed, downhill ski slopes and unimproved roads during foraging bouts, whereas the female approached, but did not cross forest edges onto roads or trails.

Keywords

Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus; habitat use; home range; skiing; Virginia northern flying squirrel; winter

Citation

Ford, W. Mark; Mertz, Kely N.; Menzel, Jennifer M.; Sturm, Kenneth K. 2007. Winter home range and habitat use of the Virginia northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus). Res. Pap. NRS-4. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station. 12 p. https://doi.org/10.2737/NRS-RP-4.

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