Squirrel Nest Boxes: Section 5.1.1, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual.
ARMY ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION VICKSBURG MS ENVIRONMENTAL LAB
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A management techniques report on squirrel nest boxes is provided as Sections 5.1.1 of the US Army Corps of Engineers Wildlife Resources Management Manual. The report was prepared as a guide to assist Corps biologists and resource managers in developing and implementing squirrel management programs on project lands. Topics covered include wooden boxes, rubber tire shelters, placement, personnel and costs, cautions and limitations, and records. The design, construction, and installation of wooden boxes and rubber tire shelters as artificial nesting structures for the eastern gray squirrel Sciurus carolinensis and fox squirrel S. niger are described. Step-by-step construction procedures are given, specification drawings and lists of materials are provided, and personnel and cost requirements are discussed. Guidelines are provided for placement of nest boxes in suitable squirrel habitat, and methods to ensure maximum use, minimize predation, and reduce vandalism are discussed. Recommendations are given for developing a record-keeping system to monitor the success of a squirrel nest box program. Author