What to do when you find a baby squirrel.
Gray squirrels in Florida will produce 2 litters of 2-4 young each year. Most squirrels give birth in nests located in trees. Around this time, you might find squirrels that have fallen from the nest due to a storm or predator.
If you do find baby squirrels here are some steps you can take to ensure their safety:
Reunite with mother - first try to reunite the babies by placing them near the tree where they fell from. Keep your distance so that the mother feels it safe to return, but you can watch from afar to make sure predators don't cause harm.
Use the baby squirrel call - You can play this video of a baby squirrel calling which might attract the mother back to the little ones.
Wrap in a blanket - If the mother doesn't return, wrap the baby squirrel in a blanket and keep it warm. For more information on how and what to feed it, see Chris's Squirrels and More
Call a local wildlife rehabilitation center - The best thing to do is bring the babies to professionals at a wildlife rehab center that can give them proper care until they are fit to be released. Young squirrels mature rather slowly and can take up to 2 months or more before they are on their own.
Here is a list of local wildlife rehabilitation centers for the Treasure and Space Coast of Florida and some rescue advice from the South Florida Wildlife Center. Call the ELC Education department with any questions.
ELC educator Heather Feather recently found some baby squirrels and shared the pictures above and the video below.