Lake Merritt Squirrel Walk 2012 | Oakland
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Fairyland | 699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland,CA
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Wild Oakland Walks
Come and learn about the squirrels of Lake Merritt on a free guided walk led by Wild Oakland’s Lila Talcott-Travis, a longtime wildlife rehabber and student of squirrel morphology, natural history, and lore.
Squirrels have achieved a place of distinction in European and English family crests as a symbol of retirement or retreat into the forest, something we all probably think about living in bustling Oakland.
Take a time-out from your busy life to learn about…
- Their acute sense of smell! They can smell a rotten or insect infested nut through the shell, and even find caches of nuts under the snow by sniffing them out.
- Their bushy tails! Tails are used for communication, protection from the elements, balance, warmth, and to confuse predators.
- Their evolution with trees! Squirrels and trees have been evolving together for thousands of years, and some production patterns of nuts and cones are thought to have been influenced by squirrels.
Wild Oakland is a 100% Do-It-Yourself volunteer organization, from the Guiding Committee to the walk leaders. All people involved in this project donate their time because of a shared passion for ecology and education. Our mission is to provide free, fun, relevant, and commitment-free environmental education to busy urbanites.
Meet at Fairyland Main Entrance, near Lake Merritt
699 Bellevue Ave, Oakland,CA 94610
Walk is FREE
Please RSVP to Constance@WildOakland.org