Seeing a flying squirrel is cause for excitement, because while they are not uncommon in this area they are seldom seen. Monica Bockman’s excitement was undeniable when she spotted one at 8:10 p.m. Thursday in Buffalo Valley.

Flying squirrels have a folded layer of loose skin along each side of the body, from front leg to hind end. When that skin is outstretched it supports their body as they glide from tree to tree. Their eyeshine is a reddish-orange. Witnessing a flying squirrel in motion is quite the experience. A memory that never fails to bring a smile to your face. Just ask Monica.

Bert Raynes writes weekly about whatever suits his fancy with a dash of news on nature. Contact him at

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Please note: Online comments may also run in our print publications.
Keep it clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Please turn off your CAPS LOCK.
No personal attacks. Discuss issues & opinions rather than denigrating someone with an opposing view.
No political attacks. Refrain from using negative slang when identifying political parties.
Be truthful. Don’t knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be proactive. Use the “Report” link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with us. We’d love to hear eyewitness accounts or history behind an article.
Use your real name: Anonymous commenting is not allowed.
The News&Guide welcomes comments from our paid subscribers. Tell us what you think. Thanks for engaging in the conversation!

Thank you for reading!

Please log in, or sign up for a new account and purchase a subscription to read or post comments.