Flying Squirrels-Mammal Group 1


1)  Why are they called “flying squirrels” if they don’t actually fly?

a)  They do fly.

b) They glide, which gives the appearance of flying. <—

c)  The jumping action they perform looks like flying.

d) They have wings that are non-functional.


2)  What are the advantages presented by “flying?”

a)  Flying is cooler than running/climbing.

b) Flying allows for another niche to be explored towards the canopy.

c)  Their shelters can be an abandoned bird nest.

d) Their shelters can be an abandoned wood pecker cavity.

e)  All of the above!  <–


3)  Why is the flying squirrel a representation of forest ecosystems?

a)  The flying squirrel impacts the forest in a negative way.

b) Higher squirrel populations represents a healthy forest. <–

c)  Because where there is a Rocky, there is a Bullwinkle!

d) None of the above


4)  How does the flying squirrel affect its surroundings?

a)  The feces produced by the squirrels serves as an important food source.

b) The truffles eaten by the squirrels are dispersed to maintain a healthy forest.

c)  Some predators depend directly upon the population of squirrels.

d) a &c

e)  b&c <–


5)  How does the human impact affect the flying squirrel?

a)  Reducing canopy cover in dry forest restorations limits squirrel populations.<–

b) The hunting of the spotted owl makes squirrel populations boom.

c)  Pollution is responsible for toxins that kill off squirrel populations.

d) All of the above


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