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Flying High at Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park

Have you ever seen a squirrel fly? For most people, the answer is no. For a small group of GBI Research Associates, the answer is yes – many times! Amidst the swarm of summer hikers and mountain bikers at Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, a five-person field crew spent long hours searching for, and gathering data on, northern flying squirrels (Glaucomys sabrinus). You won’t see them very often because they’re nocturnal, only foraging for mushrooms and lichen at night. Most Tahoe locals don’t even know they exist. This summer, we often heard, “I didn’t know we had flying squirrels!” or “Yeah right, and flying monkeys too?”