A Landfill Park Is Leaking Toxic Waste Thanks to Burrowing Gophers

Let this be your cautionary tale against building a pretty waterfront park on a landfill. At Cesar Chavez Park on the Berkeley Marina, squirrels and gophers are burrowing through old trash, turning the ground into toxin-leaching swiss cheese. Poison from the estimated 1.9 million tons of residential, commercial, and… » 2/24/14 3:25pm 2/24/14 3:25pm

The Fascinating Story of Why U.S. Parks Are Full of Squirrels

In most American cities, it's hard to walk through a park without spotting a gray squirrel. Those bushy-tailed little buggers are everywhere, chomping on nuts and climbing up trees—but not thanks to nature. No sir. They're there because we put them there to entertain us—among other things. » 12/09/13 11:20am 12/09/13 11:20am

Rocky the Robo-Squirrel Scares the Hell Out of Timid Woodland Creatures

Why we care to know how squirrels communicate is anyone's guess, but it seems that this research is so important that a robot squirrel is being employed to live amongst the regular squirrel population. In fact, "Rocky" here (named after the cartoon character) is one of a growing legion of robo-creatures designed to… » 5/02/08 8:45pm 5/02/08 8:45pm

Humans Further Exploit Squirrels With Challenging Obstacle Course



You may have winced at that squirrel catapult we showed you a couple of months ago, but here's a Rube Goldbergesque contraption that squirrels willingly navigate. Look at those little guys running the obstacle course, willing to do just about anything for their next meal. One of the ambitious rodents ran the course… » 9/19/07 9:30am 9/19/07 9:30am

Squirrel-Proof Rollerfeeder: This Is a Birds-Only Club

The Rollerfeeder keeps those squirrels out of the bird feed like a bouncer behind a velvet rope, using a clever design that keeps the seed container upright while the outer shell spins around on an axle. Lightweight birds won't affect it, but once a heavier squirrel steps aboard, it starts spinning, resulting in a… » 12/12/06 11:22am 12/12/06 11:22am