Science/Enrichment, Ashford School, Ashford, CT

Deceptive squirrels

2nd graders were squirrels this month, collecting and storing acorns for the winter. They tried to "survive" by showing deceptive behaviors used by squirrels in order to survive. Squirrels have been seen pretending to hide acorns for fear other squirrels will steal them. Red squirrels hide their acorns all in one place, while gray squirrels will choose many different spots. What are the advantages of each strategy? Many 2nd graders found that they could not find their acorns or that some were even stolen! (Would a squirrel do that?)