Dunn Woods Memories

Dunn Woods, Natural Heart of IU

May 16, 2008
by mitch

Squirrel Perch

Sometimes when walking the paths in Dunn Woods, I encounter a squirrel or three, and occasionally I have a peanut to toss them. This guy grabbed his and scooted up a nearby black locust tree which was colonized by the heartwood parasitic fungi, Phellinus robiniae, which unfortunately speeded up the demise of this tree in Dunn Woods. But before it fell, it provided a perfect ledge for this squirrel to sit and enjoy his unexpected snack.