Just as the acorns begin to fall, squirrels are gathering supplies for their winter food stash.
Acorns are the main winter food source for all kinds of animals, especially the gray, bushy-tailed creature. Oaks provide shelter. Squirrels make nests using the leaves or twigs, or curl up in the trunk’s cavities.
Squirrels scamper up and down the trees, searching for acorns to bury and store for the coming winter.
Acorns are so important to these critters that the population will fluctuate depending on the acorn and nut crop from the previous year.
The most common squirrels in Missouri are the eastern gray squirrel and the fox squirrel, with eastern grays populating the smaller bottomlands and the foxes taking on the higher-ridged areas.
Talk a walk outside, and witness the busy gathering.
Squirrel hunting is big in Missouri. Learn more about it in the video below.
Find out more about squirrels with the MDC’s Field Guide.