Former NASA Engineer Builds an Incredible Obstacle Course For the Squirrels That Are Stealing His Birdseed

While attempting to develop a birdwatching habit while stuck at home, former NASA engineer and entertaining science vlogger Mark Rober hung several different “squirrel-proof” seed feeders in his “suburban backyard”.

After putting the feeders to the test, however, Rober found that nothing can really keep out these very clever furry-tailed creatures when they’ve put their minds to it. So he set about building an intricate maze that was partially inspired by such television shows as American Ninja Warrior and Wipeout that would challenge the squirrels every step of the way. Or so he thought.

If they want the birdseed they will first need to pass through what is basically an eight-part ‘Ninja Warrior’ obstacle course for squirrels. This course is extremely challenging it is not for the timid of heart but out of the gate I will admit that in hindsight that I completely underestimated my adversary.

The Squirrels of the Maze
Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.