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Nature Notebook

Winter is a great time to search for squirrel dreys. These leafy nests are nestled in tree trunk forks or precariously perched on the end of a branch. They look like huge bird nests. However, bird nests are flat and open at top while dreys are rounded. Dreys located close to the trunk are “family” dwellings inhabited by females and their young. Males construct their bachelor pads at the end of branches.

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