The flying squirrel may own the title of Colorado’s rarest mammal because just one single specimen has ever been recorded in the state. Although they are only found in a small sliver of the state, this probably has more to do with how difficult it is to find them, and not as much to do with the size of the population. The northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) is common in northern latitudes of the… Read More

Madera Canyon, Arizona, is one of my favorite places to unwind, explore, and photograph nature.  Just a few miles from the mouth of the canyon, Bill Forbes has a backyard pond that provides a unique opportunity to photograph bats in flight using a camera trap system called the Phototrap, which Bill builds and sells.  With my sights set on capturing photos of Colorado’s rare flying squirrels, I thought trying my hand at bats… Read More

Blue light fills the cab of my pickup as lightning crashes into the ground all around me. In the midst of a fierce desert thunderstorm, I am watching an animal that hasn’t been documented in Colorado for nearly 20 years – Vulpes macrotis, commonly known as the kit fox. The kit fox is an arid land fox inhabiting the sagebrush and shrubland west of the Rocky Mountains. It has a slim body… Read More

Somebody pinch me.  Did this really happen?  I just returned from visiting Colorado’s San Juan Mountains and photographing not one, but two, Canada lynx in the wild. The Canada lynx is a Colorado state endangered species.  For the protection of these animals, details regarding whereabouts have been omitted. You may wonder, how does one go about photographing a Canada lynx in the wild?  When I set out on this project three years… Read More

The short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea) is Colorado’s smallest native carnivore.  In summer, this diminutive weasel sports a chocolate brown coat with a light underbelly.  In winter, it transforms to pure white except for a black tipped tail. In this white phase, the short-tailed weasel is often referred to as an ermine. I have now photographed 56 species of the 70 species in my Colorado Mammals Project.  Of the 14 species that remain, ten are… Read More