Challenge #1 Answered

I know I have a few readers–at least people who have flirted with the post–are you going to take up the challenge for August and post mammals you’ve seen?  Feel free to, even later than this month (which is over in less than two days).

For my yard, and neighborhood, I’ve spotted the following (in August–I could make a longer list for sightings at other times):

  • Red squirrels
  • Fox squirrels
    • Grey squirrels and the black sub-species
    • raccoons
    • bats (probably little brown bats)
    • deer mice
    • chipmunks

    That’s all for this month.  What did you see?



Challenge #1

This is not from my backyard, but I did see him on a trail last month in northern lower Michigan.

I’ll start you out easily.  For August your challenge (Uh…you’ve read the “About” page, correct?) is to spot and identify five different mammals that frequent your backyard or neighborhood.  Domestic dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, gerbils, and the like don’t count.  I’m also thinking rats should not be counted either; if you do see those rodents lurking you might have a problem.  Go beyond spotting and work to identify those animals–use the internets, field guides, whatever helps.

Leave a post with whatever ID you’d like and give at least a general idea of your location and the identities of the mammals spotted.

I think you’ll be surprised at the biodiversity you find.