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Squirrel census needs volunteers to help count critters in Central Park

October 03, 2018 - 10:26 am

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- This is not a joke; the city of New York wants to conduct a squirrel census. That's right a squirrel census, and once again, this is not a joke.

The eastern gray squirrel is extremely common in American cities.

"It's so common that people ignore it," Squirrel Census founder Jamie Allen said.

That means there isn't much data on the squirrels of Central Park. That will change this weekend as he leads teams of volunteers observing squirrel behavior and making a map of their hangouts with cartographer Matt Slaughter.

"There's something parallel between the resilience of squirrels and the resilience of New Yorkers," Slaughter said.

"People get a big kick out of it. They don't take the squirrel census seriously at first," Allen added.

Previous squirrel counts have been taken at Inman Park in Atlanta in 2012 and 2016.

The Central Park census has partnered with The Explorers Club, NYU Department of Environmental Studies, CUNY's Macaulay Honors College BioBlitz, and other organizations.

Anyone interested in volunteering can find more information at www.thesquirrelcensus.com