Hungry for more? CitiSci squirrel watch is back in a new way!

If you have visited us before you may be familiar with our efforts monitoring tagged squirrels in the Guelph and Cambridge area. We are pleased to announce squirrel watch is back with an appetite!

Help us monitor the diets of our city and natural squirrels; whether its a squirrel at your bird feeder, on your hike, or maybe a squirrel grabbing a slice from the garbage, we want to hear about it! Submit your snack sightings of tagged and untagged squirrels right here on our site, just click “submit observations” on the tool bar to get started!

If you get a photo of your sighting, use #citiscisquirrels on twitter to be featured on our page!


Undergraduate Research Position May – August 2017

Are you an undergraduate student interested in ecophys research?  Check out the USRA posting for our grey squirrel project.

This research position will require intensive outdoor field research in urban and rural environments to trap and monitor gray squirrels, sample collection, detailed field observations, and sample analysis in the laboratory. Applicants should enjoy working outside, be prepared to work early mornings, long days and some weekends, and have an intense interest in both stress and wildlife research and feel comfortable working as part of a team led by a graduate student. This position has the opportunity to be extended into a 4th year research thesis in the Newman Lab. Applicants selected for an interview will be notified mid-February and should come prepared with an idea for a research question they would be interested in pursuing for a thesis. Finally, a vehicle, and valid driver’s license, is an asset.

Grad Student Positions

Are you considering grad school, and have an interest in urban evolution andprofile ecophysiology?

Check out the University of Guelph Newman Lab Opportunities page, home of the
CitiSci(urid), and soon to be many other CitiSci initiatives as we tread into new taxonomic territory.

If landscape genetics and local adaptation are more in line with your interests, check out these MSc/PhD positions in the University of Manitoba Garroway Lab studying the genetics behind grey squirrel  adaptation to urban environments.

rare Squirrels


CitiSci(urid) just finished a productive week of trapping and tagging at the rare Charitable Research Reserve. The rare Charitable Research Reserve is a 900+ acre land reserve along the Grand and Speed Rivers, on the outskirts of Cambridge. Their goal is to preserve the land for future generations by focusing on research, education, conservation, and ecological restoration. As a large island of green in the midst of urban and agricultural sprawl, and with many public access hiking trails, the rare property is certainly worth a visit.


The rare ECO Centre (pictured) is the hub of science, education, and outreach on the rare property.


CitiSci is a Citizen Science research initiative rooted in the Newman Lab at the University of Guelph which seeks to enlist the aid of the local community in monitoring marked urban wildlife populations. Help us as we strive to better understand the wildlife with which we share our cities. Urban wildlife is here to stay and it’s better for all if we understand our feathered, furred, and finned neighbours.

Check out our projects to learn more about our research and how to get involved.