Columbian Ground Squirrel

May’s mammal of the month is the Columbian ground squirrel, Urocitellus columbianus. Perky and agile, the Columbian ground squirrel is a medium-sized member of the rodent family Sciuridae, which...

Canada Goose

During the past week, I’ve heard Canada geese calling from a beaver-engineered wetland near my home. Listening to the deep, musical  honking, I decided that Branta canadensis, the Canada goose,...

Laughing Kookaburra

This week’s featured bird is the laughing kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae. An Aussie icon, the laughing kookaburra occurs only in Australia. It inhabits non-arid habitats in the eastern mainland...