Northern Flying Squirrels… Who has actually seen one of these critters in the wild here in Washington? As cute as they are, they tend to be very elusive. It’s probably because these “flying” squirrels are actually strictly nocturnal as opposed to their diurnal counterparts we see most often around the greater Seattle area. (The eastern … More “Flying” Squirrels?!
NUTRIA! What do we really know about this invasive species? Brought here in the late 1800’s, (more specifically the Pacific North West in the 1930’s), these critters have done nothing short of wreak havoc on the land they have been introduced to. 1. Also called the coypu; Originally from South America 2. Burrow near stretches … More Nutria – Myocastor Coypus
The North American Beaver. Mainly active during the night, these magnificently large, semiaquatic creatures are the largest living rodents in North America; second only to it’s European counterpart, the European Beaver. North American beavers weigh, on average, about 44 pounds, but much older individuals have been known to grow to be up to 88 or … More Castor Canadensis
Bats.. what do we know about them? Are they protected? Where do they come from? How do you know if you have bats in your home? When it comes to Washington State, there are around 15 species of bats that are common. When dealing with nuisance wildlife, though, the Little Brown Bat (myotis lucifugus) and … More Let’s Talk About Bats
Have you ever heard of a pangolin? Some might say they resemble an artichoke, anteater (unrelated to the anteater family), or even a Pokémon character. They are often referred to as scaly anteaters because of their long tongues and similar diets, as they both primarily eat insects such as ants and termites. They are … More The World’s Most Demanded Mammal
(Courtesy of telegraph.co.uk) Steve Irwin, born February 22nd, 1962 was a pioneer in expanding people’s view about all sorts of misconstrued animals that garnered bad reputations. Steve showed us the beauty in dangerous animals. He made them approachable and not as the monsters they were made out to be. For what would have been his 56th … More The Life and Legacy of the Crocodile Hunter
Have you ever wondered how hibernating animals are able to stay warm during winter and not freeze to death? Typically, animals will grow a thicker layer of fat during hibernation season, which helps to trap heat inside their bodies. Scientists have been conducting research, however, to gather more facts about how small mammals in … More The Secret Life of Hibernators
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There are many reasons people seem to fear bats. The fear of having your blood sucked, or turning into a vampire, rabies, the list can go on forever. But are they really that dangerous? What exactly are they, a bird or mammal? Well, I’ll be answering these questions and more, get ready to get batty! … More Lets Get Batty!
It seems as elephants become more elusive, they become even more popular. It’s true, these giant mammals are being hunted almost to extinction. Although there are thousands of individuals that are working to preserve elephants, it doesn’t quite seem to be enough. Poachers are determined to get every lick of ivory they can get, and unfortunately … More African Elephants and Their Decline