Squirrel Information

The Environmental Studies Center only takes injured squirrels and not babies. 

If you find a baby squirrel, the best thing to do is to return it to its mom. Put it in a hanging plant basket with holes and put pine straw or grass in the basket to make a nest. Hang the basket next to the tree trunk that the baby was found under. The mom will climb down the tree trunk in order to retrieve the baby and return it to their nest. It is ok if the baby has been touched. Paternal instinct is very strong in animals and they do not abandon their babies if there is human scent on them. Do not leave the baby on the ground because predators and ants can get to the baby.

All inquiries about baby squirrels have to be directed to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources office at 251-626-5474.