Delmarva Fox Squirrel

The Delmarva Fox Squirrel is one of ten recognized subspecies of fox squirrels.  Once ranging throughout the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia peninsula, and in southern Pennsylvania, the Delmarva Fox Squirrel dwindled down to only small isolated populations in three counties along the Eastern Shore Maryland.

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Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Maryland

 

The Delmarva Fox Squirrel was listed as endangered in 1967 from loss of habitat due to development, timber harvesting, hunters, and predators such as foxes, weasels, and raptors.

After being listed as endangered, the Delmarva Peninsula Fox Squirrel Recovery Team launched a reintroduction program and began coordinating state and federal efforts to restore and protect the species by moving some squirrels to other parts of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Virginia to help develop populations there.

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Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Maryland

 

After a rigorous recovery plan and range expansion, the Delmarva Fox Squirrel was removed from the endangered list in November 2015.  Today there are significant populations at Blackwater NWR and Chincoteague NWR.  They are a very shy squirrel, so it is still a rarity to see one.

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Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Maryland

 

Like all fox squirrels, the Delmarva Fox Squirrel is a large squirrel that grows up to 30 inches long, including up to 15 inches of a full, fluffy tail.

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Delmarva Fox Squirrel, Blackwater NWR, Cambridge, Maryland

 

In all the visits to Blackwater NWR and having only seen one once before but missed the shot, I felt very fortunate to finally photograph one at my last visit.

 

36 thoughts on “Delmarva Fox Squirrel

  1. I was wondering who the squirrel was named after until I started reading the post. It seems though to be fair maybe it should be Delmarvasopen. 🙂

  2. Fantastic to learn about and see this squirrel species, Donna, especially since its been such a success on recovery. I enjoyed the information, hearing about the conservation efforts, and the squirrel’s personality. They get quite big, and are beautiful. How thrilling it must’ve been to see one, thanks for sharing it with us.

  3. I’m so glad you finally got to see one —- great pictures. It looks like a similar area to where I photographed my ‘one and only’ at Blackwater two years ago. Our daughter is coming tomorrow from San Francisco and we are going to Blackwater specifically hoping to spot one,as she is a real ‘squirrel’ nut.

  4. Like you said Donna, you loved them and you proved it. Great shots. I also think they make it easy for photographers. They have such nice allure.

  5. Isn’t that my “Nutcase” squirrel’s cousin “Nutbreaker”? Imagine if I had these guys here, I’d be in the poor house! Thanks Donna, Please don’t give them my address. 🙂

  6. I love squirrels so it was interesting to read about this one. The photos are great, almost like the squirrel knew you photographing him. Also good to read about conservation management that has been a success.

    • Thanks Sue! This squirrel is very shy and the first eight shots, he was so busy sniffing through the leaves, he didn’t seem to notice our car parked. Once he did, he did pose nicely then took off running. Another one of us photographer’s ‘happy dance’ moments!

  7. Great shots of a cute little critter. Best that it’s in its natural environment despite the move. Ain’t it grand when you get a second (successful) chance at a missed shot? 😀 Happy Mother’s Day!

  8. Great photies of this endangered squirrel Donna! This is a similar situation to the Red Squirrel in Britain, the larger introduced American grey squirrel has taken over and infected them and now they are rapid decline. We had to track them down up in the Scottish Highlands to see them. Great shots of a lovely squirrel Donna. Happy Mothers Day and have a wonderful week!

    • Thank you, Ashley! Such is nature when humans interfere with the cycles. I hope the Red Squirrel has efforts going on to help him recover in possibly areas the American grey squirrel hasn’t populated yet. Thank you, and have a wonderful week also, Ashley!

  9. It’s always great to photograph a rare critter, isn’t it? It’s also good to hear that while the population of these squirrels is still low, they are no longer on the Endangered Species list and are making a comeback.

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