Category Archives: Mammals

Ponderosa Pine Regeneration

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Ponderosa pines (Pinus ponderosa) are considered one of the most fire resistant conifers in the west because of their seedlings’ propensity to benefit from mineral soil seedbeds and open habitats created by wildfires. This fire resistance increases as the tree … Continue reading

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Obligate Hibernation

Animals exhibit many different types of dormancy. One of them, hibernation, refers to inactivity and metabolic depression associated with low temperatures or food deprivation. Hibernation is characterized by low body temperature, slow breathing and reduced heart rate and a low … Continue reading

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Preoccupied

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About a week ago Leonard and I were walking along the Pacific Crest Trail in Warner Valley near Drakesbad (Plumas Cunty CA). The three mammals species we encountered were intently eating and much too preoccupied to be concerned by our … Continue reading

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Pronghorn Trivia

In May (see “Pregnant Pronghorn” 05-19-17) I posted a picture of pregnant pronghorn (Antilocapra americanna) and expressed my desire to once again see pronghorn kids this season. I did see several kids with their mothers earlier this summer . Unfortunately … Continue reading

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Ursus americanus

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A few days ago Leonard and I were in Upper Kings Creek Meadow at Lassen Volcanic National Park. While I photographed some Sierra corydalis (seeĀ Sierra corydalis 08-09-17), Leonard wandered off searching for other wildflowers. Soon Leonard rushed back. There was … Continue reading

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Pregnant Pronghorn

Large numbers of pronghorn (Antilocapra americanna) are loitering around Pilot Butte on the Ash Creek Wildlife Area (Modoc County CA). These inhabitants of plains, prairies, sagebrush flats and deserts in the West most likely are enjoying the spring smorgasbord of … Continue reading

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Mouse on the Menu

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It was barely dawn when I noticed a coyote (Canis latrans) hunting in the pasture outside our bedroom window (Modoc County CA). Leonard and I watched Mr. Coyote for about 45 minutes as he stalked meadow mice near the house. … Continue reading

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