Malheur Mammal List

This winter (2012-13) I had the privilege of spending nearly a month at the Malheur Field Station (MFS) in Harney County, Oregon. If you are ever in need of solitude you will find it here. The population of Harney County is about 8, 500 people and over half of those …

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California Ground Squirrel

Most probably a California Ground Squirrel (Spermophilus beecheyi) although this one was found roadside on the Dalles Mountain in Klickitat County, Washington, March 9, 2012. The genus has been recently reclassified to Otospermophilus so you may find references under either name. This little fellow looks like he would appreciate some …

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Spring peepers are singing

We are beginning to hear from the frogs. A few more warm nights and the spring peepers will be singing in full cry, maybe that should be “full croak”. We also hear that our native frogs are disappearing and a few show signs of “modification”. As usual we don’t seem …

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Hybrid Columbine

We believe we have found a hybrid Columbine… a combination between the Red Columbine and the Yellow Columbine. Red Columbine (Aquilegia formosa) is one of my favorite wildflowers and common in most of Oregon. Less common is the Yellow Columbine (Aquilegia flavescens). We believe we have found a hybrid of …

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Bird Watching New Year’s Day

What a day. A bit windy but it wasn’t raining. Chris and I decided to take a field trip to the Ridgefield Wildlife Refuge thinking that because it was Sunday all the good folks would be at church and we would have the refuge to ourselves. We were surprised to …

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