It’s already working. The location acquired its first report Thursday morning from a house owner close to fortieth and Regular, who included pictures of flying squirrels squatting in his birdhouse taken in 2020 and 2021.
The location additionally has detailed plans for constructing and putting in nesting containers. The design was perfected by Don Althoff, a flying squirrel researcher in Ohio who has constructed and put in 400 containers. However he additionally has East Campus connections — he earned his grasp’s diploma there in 1978 and, prior to now few weeks, has shared his experience with Powell and others.
Powell hopes householders use the plans to construct their very own containers, and that they comply with take part within the analysis undertaking. That might imply permitting UNL college students and instructors and Sport and Parks workers to come back examine the containers, or it might be as straightforward as emailing any flying squirrel exercise updates.
The web site additionally features a reminder: Flying squirrels are thought of a threatened species in Nebraska, and shouldn’t be disturbed with out a particular allow.
“And also you don’t need to deal with them anyway, as a result of they’ve good huge tooth, regardless that they’re little cute critters.”
The lone nesting field on East Campus will quickly be joined by extra. As soon as college students return for the spring semester, Powell and College of Pure Assets director John Carroll plan to host what they’re calling a box-raising social gathering.