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Southern Flying Squirrel (Glaucomys Volans)

Population Sizes and Trends: Atlantic Population

Search Effort

Lavers (2004) used a campaign (March 2001 to March 2003) of media coverage, posters and presentations to targeted groups to solicit sightings of either species of flying squirrel. Specific target audiences were cat owners, fur trappers and naturalists as those most likely to encounter and/or recognize flying squirrels. Sightings >2 km apart were considered independent. Systematic live-trapping was only conducted at 5 sites: near Kentville, South Brookfield (southeast of Kejimkujik National Park) and 3 sites within Kejimkujik.

Figure 5: Distribution of Southern Flying Squirrel (red squares) and Northern Flying Squirrel (black circles) Observations During Nova Scotia Campaign, March 2001 to March 2003 (Lavers 2004)

Figure 5: Distribution of southern flying squirrel (red squares) and northern flying squirrel (black circles) observations during Nova Scotia campaign, March 2001 to March 2003 (Lavers 2004).

This figure shows locations of reported observations, not results of a systematic trapping effort to document flying squirrel presence / absence.

Southern flying squirrels do not occur in New Brunswick; the nearest record is from Eastport, Maine, near the NB border (Godin 1977 in Stabb 1988). Most records from Maine are in the southern part of the state, which lists the southern flying squirrel as “special concern” (Maine Audubon Society 2000).