Category Archives: Mammals

Synanthropes

The 15 November 2021 New Yorker contains an article about the deer population on Staten Island, the problems these deer create and the attempts to control their numbers. For the first time I paid attention to a word I had … Continue reading

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North American Beaver

North American beaver (Castor canadensis) are nocturnal or crepuscular (active at dawn or dusk) so are not often seen by a casual observer. I wanted a picture of a beaver, so Leonard and I staked out the beaver lodge along … Continue reading

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Beaver Lodge

Water is important for the North American beaver (Castor Canadensis). Most beaver live in burrows in the bank of a stream, lake or pond with the actual living quarters above the waterline. Some beaver live in lodges, usually constructed in … Continue reading

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Mother and Baby

Last week Leonard and I were watching an Oregon ground squirrel (Spermophilus beldingi) at Tule Lake National Wildlife Reserve (Siskiyou County CA) when several small ground squirrels joined her. The juveniles were very active and kept racing around in the … Continue reading

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Sleeping Striped Skunk

Last week Leonard and I noticed a striped skunk (Mephitis mephitis) lying on the dike surrounding Pond #5 at Ash Creek Wildlife Refuge (Modoc County CA). Over the past couple weeks we discovered several dead skunks in the Wildlife Area … Continue reading

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