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Brevard’s White Squirrels’ Distinctive Pattern!

October 9th, 2013

Brevard’s white squirrel, whether found in Brevard or a neighboring community, typically has a white coat with dark eyes, a head patch, and a dorsal strip that broadens at the shoulder resembling a saddle. The head patch can be solid, horseshoe or doughnut shaped; it may resemble a triangle, a diamond, deer tracks or even a widow’s peak (like Count […]

The Study Area

The Study Area The study area  consists of 35 Sectors centered on the  County Courthouse (elevation 2,230 ft.) totally 2.96 Square Miles (1896.4 acres) following the original Brevard city limits.  For those familiar with Brevard, the study area is bordered by Brevard Middle School on the north, Brevard Elementary School on the east, Brevard High School on the south, and […]

Self-Guided Tour

October 3rd, 2013

The original self-guided tour was a collection of foam board posters displayed at the Transylvania Heritage Museum each Memorial Day weekend.  A handout describing the posters resembled this document but lacked its detail and transitions.  That was intentional so that observers could view the posters in any order they wished.   It was more of a virtual tour than an actual […]

2012 Squirrel Count

March 8th, 2013

A number of factors converged last year to impact the Annual Squirrel Count.  The Director of the White Squirrel Research Institute developed a condition preventing him from participating and the administration of the Heart of Brevard changed hands several times requiring resources to focus on higher priority items.  Only 6 (of 35) Sectors were completed with a percent white of 44.5.  […]

15 Year Summary of Squirrel Count

December 20th, 2012

  Brevard, North Carolina’s Annual Squirrel Count Shows Gradual Increase of White Variant Over 15 Years. Robert R. Glesener. Heart of Brevard Abstract: The city of Brevard, North Carolina hosts an established colony of non-albino white squirrels with pigmented eyes, head patch, and dorsal stripe. They are believed to be derived from a Floridian pair released in 1951 and freely […]

Summary of the 2011 Squirrel Count

February 27th, 2012

Brevard’s white squirrels would seem to be doing well as preparations are being made for the eighth Annual White Squirrel Festival on Memorial Day weekend May 26th and 27th. Under the supervision of the Heart of Brevard, community volunteers conducted the 15th Annual Brevard Squirrel Count this past Fall over a three square mile study area centered on the Courthouse. The Count […]

2009 Rank Order of Sectors

June 23rd, 2011

Rank Ordering of Sectors for 2009 by (1) % White, (2) White Squirrels/Acre, & (3) Total Squirrels/Acre The rankings below are intended to allow interested persons to identify areas within the city of Brevard where they are most likely to encounter white squirrels. Percentage by itself can be misleading since even if the percentage of the white variant is high, […]

Summary of the 2010 Squirrel Count

March 23rd, 2011

Brevard’s white squirrels would seem to be doing well as preparations are being made for the Seventh Annual White Squirrel Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Under the supervision of the Heart of Brevard, community volunteers conducted the 14th Annual Brevard Squirrel Count this past Fall over a three square mile study area centered on the Courthouse. The Count is not meant to […]

2010 Rank Order of Sectors

March 21st, 2011

Rank Ordering of Sectors for 2010 by (1) % White, (2) White Squirrels/Acre, & (3) Total Squirrels/Acre  The rankings below are intended to allow interested persons to identify areas within the city of Brevard where they are most likely to encounter white squirrels.  Percentage by itself can be misleading since even if the percentage of the white variant is high, […]

Overview of Findings

May 30th, 2010

For larger versions of images, click on them and then maximize new window. Distribution of White Squirrel Colonies Brevard is not the only community to host a white squirrel colony.  There are approximately a dozen other cities with similar populations. The most famous of these is in Olney IL where Dr. John Stencel has been studying an albino population for […]

Summary of 2009 Squirrel Count

May 27th, 2010

[Transcribed from 2 April 2010 Transylvania Times] Brevard’s white squirrels would seem to be doing well as preparations are being made for the Sixth Annual White Squirrel Festival on Memorial Day weekend. Under the supervision of the Heart of Brevard, community volunteers conducted the 13th Annual Brevard Squirrel Count this past Fall over a three square mile study area centered on the […]

FAQ

May 25th, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions Since the emphasis of this post is on answers to FAQ, I have left it free of illustrations.  However, there are links to appropriate images embedded throughout.  Look for colored text which appear underlined when the cursor points their way.  Most of these are borrowed from other posts at this site.  Questions are italicized and bolded.  Answers are […]

What is a White Squirrel?

May 13th, 2010

Lions and Tigers and … White Squirrels? Just what is a white squirrel, anyway? Is it a distinct species? Is it a mutation? These are some of my most FAQs. And the answer is ……. it depends. There is, in fact, one tree squirrel for which a white coat seems to be a characteristic of the entire species, at least […]

Purpose of the Squirrel Count

May 12th, 2010

The stated purpose of the squirrel count and the White Squirrel Research Institute is to monitor the abundance and distribution of Brevard’s unusual color variant of the Eastern Gray Squirrel. That sounds very academic. But why should we expect the community to embrace and participate in this annual event and other related studies? Why should you care? Most of us think of […]

General Information and Procedure

May 10th, 2010

If you are participating in this year’s Annual Brevard Squirrel Count, we sincerely thank you!  This survey will help us monitor the distribution and abundance of Brevard’s resident white squirrel population. The data from this year’s count will be available to the public on our website (currently at www.brevardnc.org/research-institute). In the meantime you may wish to examine the website for […]

Inheritance: Dominant or Recessive?

April 16th, 2010

This is a relatively technical (and wordy) posting.  The first few paragraphs outline just enough genetics to understand the terminology.  If you’ve had Biology 101, this is probably review.  The rest is algebra.  If this kind of approach is not for you, suffice it to say, a dominant model gives a much, much, much better fit to the data than a […]

North Carolina Academy of Science Presentations – March 2012

April 15th, 2010

 After an accumlations of 15 years of data, I felt it was time to summarize and share observations from the Brevard Squirrel Count with the regional scientific community, particularly because an earlier presentation (2001) had been premature and misinterpreted current trends.  With support from the Heart of Brevard, I made three brief presentations at the North Carolina Academy of Science […]

References.

Burgin, Jennifer.  Notable Observations. Dalzell, Bonnie. 1997. Canine Coat Color – Inheritance and Appearance (coat colors and coat color inheritance in dogs) with an emphasis on Colors in Borzoi. Glesener, Robert R.. White Squirrel Research Institute. Glesener, Robert R.  MS.  What is a White Squirrel. http://www.brevardnc.org/what-is-a-white-squirrel/ Glesener, Robert R.  MS.  Inheritance: Dominant or Recessive.  http://www.brevardnc.org/inheritance-dominant-or-recessive/ Glesener, Robert R. 2001a. Change […]

The WSRI Director

UPDATE: Our deepest sympathy goes to Dr. Glesener’s family in his passing. http://www.obitsforlife.com/obituary/823013/Glesener-Dr-Robert.php     GLESENER, ROBERT. Associate Professor of Biology, Emeritus, Brevard College. B.S., University of Maryland (Zoology); M.S. (Zoology) and Ph.D. (Biological Sciences), University of Michigan.  I first heard of Brevard while an undergraduate at the University of Maryland. Southern Appalachia is salamander heaven and I spent my […]

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