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Next Tuesday, January 21st, is National Squirrel Appreciation Day. Initially founded in 2001 by North Carolina wildlife rehabilitator Christy Hargrove, this event celebrates the squirrel and all of its unique squirrel-ness. Let’s dig in and explore some of the top five reasons to appreciate squirrels! They Provide Beneficial Ecosystem Services Squirrels can be messy eaters, and that is good news for the trees and plants that produce the pine cones, nuts, and… Read More

There is often some confusion among newcomers to Colorado between bighorn sheep and mountain goats. I often overhear this at places like Mount Evans, where you could very likely see both in the same day, or maybe even at the same time! I’ll admit, I was a little “fuzzy” on the differences when I started on my journey. One of my first photos of bighorn sheep in Colorado came from Ouray, where… Read More

Holy sea cow, it’s 2020. When did that happen? Ok, I know you’ve seen this post before. The one that starts with “Is been a long time since I’ve posted anything here…“ Guilty. We might have some catching up to do. I’ve nearly completed my Colorado Mammals project. I’ve photographed every species on my original list that is known to exist in the state, and a few more that were somewhat unknown…. Read More

Virginia Opossum

What’s the difference between a possum and an opossum? In the United States, the two words are used interchangeably to refer to the Virginia opossum (Didelphis virginiana), even though, technically speaking, a possum is an Australian marsupial of no close relation. Whatever you prefer, this is is a fascinating creature that often carries an undeserved bad reputation. I grew up in rural Michigan where we called them ‘possums, and if you said… Read More