Monday, August 8, 2011
Summertime squirrel damage
When food sources become scarce, flying squirrels will strip the bark off smooth barked branches to feed on the tree's cambium. In the photo at left, you can see that both young, upright shoots have had patches of bark removed by squirrels. At the bottom of the photo, you see a branch of dried-up leaves which developed after the stem that supports those leaves was completely girdled by squirrels.