Meadow vole – Microtus pennsylvanicus

General: Meadow voles (Microtus pennsylvanicus), sometimes called the field mouse or meadow mouse, are a small, common rodent that inhabits much of North America.  They are prolific breeders whose populations tend to irrupt every few years.  They are of the order Rodentia and family Cricetidae.  Their presence can be determined by their unique tendency to […]

American mink – Neovison vison

General: The American mink (Neovison vison) is a medium-sized, semi-aquatic mammal that is a member of the mustelid family.  The American mink is native to the United States and Canada and has been introduced to several non-native habitats as a fur-bearer and game animal.  The American mink is best known for its glossy, thick, dark […]

Fox Squirrel – Sciurus niger

General: The fox squirrel is the largest of the American tree squirrels. They are “tree squirrels” which means they are associated with other climbing squirrels that spend time and nest in trees. Fox squirrels usually have more than one nest. Their nests can be leaf nests much like those of gray squirrels or they may […]

Bighorn Sheep – Ovis Canadensis

Bighorn Sheep – Ovis canadensis General: Bighorn sheep get their name for the large, curved horns on the rams. The ewes have horns but they are shorter with less curvature. The males are called rams while the females are called ewes. Bighorn sheep are known for the male head-to-head combat during mating season. They charge […]

Coyote – Canis Latrans

General: The scientific name of the coyote is Canis latrans which means “barking dog”. If you have ever been out in the woods while coyotes were present and heard their high-pitched howls, yips, yelps, and barks, you will understand the nature of their name. The coyote is one of the animals that were been able […]

Eastern Cottontail Rabbit

General: The eastern cottontail rabbit, as with all rabbits, are prolific animals. A female may give birth and within hours after giving birth, be bred again. Three weeks later she will have another litter. The young of the first litter fend for themselves when the second litter arrives. Eastern cottontail rabbit feces is typically round […]