Squirrel Census

What is the Milwaukee County Squirrel Census?

The squirrel census is a fun stay-at-home project that anyone can take part in. Milwaukee County Parks hosts community science programs and wildlife monitoring programs around the county, but as many of those are on hold due to the COVID-19, we created the squirrel census as a simple way for everyone to enjoy some wildlife spotting.

How do I take part?

Simply go to www.countyparksmke.com/SquirrelCensus and add the Squirrel Census web to your phone homescreen (it will also work in a web browser). Add your email to log in – you’ll be sent a pin code to access the app. Once you log in, create a profile and upload a profile pic.

Next, simply watch for squirrels in your garden, neighborhood or on short walks. To track a sighting click the ‘record a squirrel sighting’ on the home screen and fill out the details.

You can record the squirrel type (there are four in Milwaukee County, but you’ll most likely see grey squirrels), the squirrel activity, number of squirrels and the city and zip of the sighting. You can also add notes if you see anything interesting, like other wildlife.

Earn digital badges on your profile by recording your sightings!

For more help using the app, watch this video: https://youtu.be/lr1YinQ8uxI

When should I take part?

You can take part any time you want! Squirrels are active at different times of the day - keep a watch on your garden to see when.

Squirrel Spotting Tips

Squirrels can cause problems for homeowners, so we don’t recommend putting out food, or any attempts to attract them to your garden or home. Simply watch and record the squirrel activity that’s already taking place.  

While there are flying squirrels in Milwaukee County it’s highly unlikely you’ll see one of these squirrels. They’re small, nocturnal and live in wooded areas.