In the previous lab, the Ethogram, the actions of the squirrel were observed and
This lab consists not of each individual action of the squirrels, but rather of
their major behaviors and how much time is spent during the day performing these
Using the methods described below, squirrels were observed and their actions
taken note of
Methods and Materials
My lab group, consisting of Dan Ebner, Cody Whetsel, Jialiu Liu, Patrick Nugent,
and myself, decided to carry out the time allocation on the Campus of Coker College.
Since my group contained five individuals, we decided to split into two separate groups;
one with Cody Whetsel, Jialiu Liu, and Patrick Nugent and the other with Dan Ebner and
We decided to separate the campus and either group stayed in their own section,
so as to ensure that there would be no overlap in our findings.
As Dan and I headed
toward the soccer field and on from their, the other group headed more for the entrance
into the college campus.
After a squirrel specimen had been found, one member of the
group would watch the specimen, either from simple eye sight or with the aid of
binoculars provided by our instructor, while the other member recorded the passage of
After twenty seconds had passed, and each successive twenty seconds afterwards
until a total time of five minutes had been reached, the recorder/timer would announce,
“Time,” and the observer would state what the squirrel was doing.
Occasionally, a squirrel would run out of view and the entire five minutes would
not be completed.
Whenever this occurred, from college students walking by and scaring
the squirrels or simply from losing view through the trees’ foliage, the squirrel would