It’s easy! The purpose of this project is to explore Victoria, BC’s relationship with two synanthropes: Eastern grey squirrels and Black-tailed deer. Synanthropes are a species that co-exist with humans in an urban environment and are often considered pests.

Tell us your urban tree squirrel or deer story, and share a photo. Or, if you could send a message to a squirrel or a deer, what would you say? We want to know more about the secret lives of squirrels and deer, and how the Eastern grey squirrel or Black-tailed deer is perceived through your direct experience. Do you have a heartwarming moment, or a terrible tale to tell? Write a few lines (up to 500 words) and up to 2 photos and Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia will use the data collected from this research into an artistic outcome.


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Type of Encounter

Dark or daylight

Share your Squirrel or Deer Story! AND/OR If you could send a message to a squirrel or a deer, what would you say?

We recommended typing your story and saving it elsewhere, then pasting it below

Send a picture (up to two)

I have read and agree to the Terms & Conditions *

I am 18 years old or older


Terms and Conditions *

Thank you for supporting the Carollyne Yardley Omnimedia (CYO) Co-existing with Squirrels or Deer Story project. Your participation in this project will allow future squirrel researchers and the general public to gain a greater understanding of how people's lives have been transformed by urban tree squirrels and deer. You agree that your submission is subject to the following terms and conditions:

You retain ownership of your content and submission, and by making a submission you give CYO permission to disseminate, modify, and publish your submission in whole or in part, in all media now known or later developed. These terms and conditions relate to any and all materials you submit to the Share your Squirrel or Deer Story web feature, including written submissions, and images. We require email for confirmation purposes and to keep you informed of when or where your story will be shared, however, we are not obligated to do so.

You agree that you will not upload, post, transmit or otherwise make available any content that infringes someone else's copyright. You agree to waive and release CYO from any and all claims that you may have against CYO arising out of its use or dissemination this information. You also waive any right to royalties or other compensation for CYO use and dissemination of this information.

Do not submit content unless you are 18 or older. You will be asked to confirm your age. If you are a minor, you must have permission from your parent or guardian to upload any materials. Please note that CYO reserves the right to refuse to post or to remove any information or materials, in whole or in part.

If CYO selects your submission for inclusion on its website or publication channels, or for an art project, CYO will make the submission, in whole or part, available to the general public. The public may use and share your submission in various ways including via social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest, and applications such as “share this,” all of which operate independently of the CYO (i.e., have their own policies and terms), and commentary with which you disagree may become associated with your submission.

Only selected submissions will be published for public viewing. You have retained at least one copy of said material, and hereby release CYO of and from any and all liability for loss of, or damage to the copies of said material submitted to you hereunder. CYO has no obligation to return the material(s) to you. CYO has no obligation to store or archive the input provided by users.

You hereby state that you have read and understand this agreement.