• The mystery of the evergreen tips

    Question

    Hey, Trevor...took a winter hike with you the other day....had evergreen tips in my yard, too! Why?

    Naturalist's Response

    Oh yeah, I totally remember this mystery we encountered on our Buckeye Trail hike! So it turns out that my thoughts were correct about the furry culprit. Our tiny Red Squirrels are know to feed on spruce buds chewing on spruce tip, but they don’t always chew through the whole branch tip, leaving them hanging by a thread. Then, after some big winds blow through, a mysterious pile of spruce tips can be found on the ground.

    To see this info from another source, visit MSUE News at this link and, in the upper right-hand corner, search squirrels, spruce.

    -Naturalist Trevor Wearstler