The Squirrel Census is a multimedia science, design, and storytelling project focusing on the Eastern gray (Sciurus carolinensis). We count squirrels and present our findings to the public. Most recently, in October 2018, we tallied the squirrels in Central Park in New York, NY. This first phase of the Central Park Squirrel Census — the on-the-ground research and data-gathering conducted by the Squirrel Census Team and over 300 volunteers, with help from The Explorers Club, NYU Department of Environmental Studies, Macaulay Honors College, the Central Park Conservancy, and New York City Department of Parks & Recreation — was covered in a number of media outlets, including The New York Times, Popular Science, Now This, Atlas Obscura, and others. We will present our findings in the spring of 2019.
Additionally, we have performed two counts of Inman Park (Atlanta’s first suburban settlement, in 2012 and 2015), a number of satellite counts at other parks, and we’ve put on something called “Burning Squirrel."
‘Why Count Squirrels in Central Park?’
New York Times piece on the Squirrel Census
2016 Squirrel Census Report
Hard data. Straight-up fiction. Informative charts. Anthropomorphic illustrations. Volunteer-mined stories. Plus, a beautiful map. This is Land of a Thousand Squirrels.
Squirrel Census Cinema
All true stories from your favorite team of Squirrel Sighters. The drama. The training. The mission.
2012 Squirrel Sightings & Densities Map
Designed by Charts & Maps Specialist Nat Slaughter, with the Squirrel Census team. Data provided by 2012 Census efforts.
2012 Squirrel Census Composite Infographic
A matrix of data created by Charts & Maps Specialist Nat Slaughter, with the Squirrel Census team. Data provided by 2012 Census efforts.
American Squirrel T-Shirt Series
Meet Josephine "Li’l Jo" Dogwood Squirrel, the adventurer who led millions on the Great Squirrel Migration of 1968. (True story.) It's part of the American Squirrel T-Shirt series by Jamie Allen and Yoonhwa Jang.