Flying Squirrels

By: Corey Evers

What are flying squirrels?

The Southern Flying Squirrel is a quite unique creature. He has a "gliding membrane" that stretches from the feet, all the way to the hands of the animal. It lives high up in trees in many deciduous forests, and can jump and fly to many different trees. It eats bugs, nuts, and berries that are up in the trees they live in. They are unique to their environment because of their gliding ability, they jump from tree to tree, and extend their arms and legs to form a wind suit, and then they latch onto the tree with their tiny paws. These extraordinary creatures have become threatened and endangered in Iowa.

Why will they ultimately benefit Iowa?

These mysterious beings will benefit Iowa for a few reasons. For starters, the Flying Squirrel will continue the biodiversity of plants in Iowa, because they spread many seeds. They pick them up in their fur or "wings", and then when they glide to a different tree, the seeds drop and then plant more wildlife. The crazy Flying Squirrels will also keep the fruits and nuts in their trees growing as well, as they also drop while the animal eats, then plants more for the rest of the animals in the ecosystem. The Southern Flying Squirrel has many impacts on biodiversity, and would be a large loss if we continued to destroy their habitats.

Thank You!

Thank you for taking the time to look at my project over Southern Flying Squirrels. I hope you find my presentation interesting and informative.