Bitter Lake NWR, Chaves Co., New Mexico, USA. Found in wetlands/moist soil areas on refuge. Other than Crawford's Gray Shrew (Desert Shrew) which is generally in more xeric areas, this is the only shrew species in this county. Although the iNat map doesn't show Least Shrew in New Mexico, beginning in the 1980s it was found to occur in the lower Pecos River Valley and mesic areas on the eastern plains (Llano Estacado).
Live-trap mortality; total length about 80 mm; mass < 10 grams.
This is a secondhand report of an observation. Early warm temperatures have hibernating animals in the Tahoe area waking in February and March this winter. The link pasted here describes one bear being found and rescued from Heavenly ski area.
With early warm temperatures this year, high elevation chipmunks are active already in the Tahoe area at 7,000 feet elevation in early March.
Heard a squeaking going on outside and went to investigate. It was under the concrete steps. Got a flashlight and looked, could see a bit of black & white coat. It had eventually come out and was between house and tub for hose when I shined the light on it and got the pic. I took 3 pics, but this was the best.
Mammals (class Mammalia /məˈmeɪli.ə/) are a clade of endothermic amniotes. Among the features that distinguish them from the other amniotes, the reptiles and the birds, are hair, three middle ear bones, mammary glands in females, and a neocortex (a region of the brain). The mammalian brain regulates body temperature and the circulatory system, including the four-chambered heart. The mammals include the largest animals on the planet, the rorquals and some other whales, as well as some...