There are two distinct versions (different color phases and poses) of each of 11 small mammals that generally live in grasslands, along creeks/ponds, or woodland edges of Midwestern habitats: Eastern Chipmunk, Franklin's Ground Squirrel, Eastern Mole, Plains Pocket Gopher, Thirteen Lined Ground Squirrel, Northern Short Tailed Shrew, Southern Bog Lemming, Meadow Vole, Meadow Jumping Mouse
, Deer Mouse, and Northern Grasshopper Mouse.
Species taken at Willow Slough and Newport but not at Goose Pond were the masked shrew Sorex cinereus, the western harvest mouse Reithrodontomys megalotis, and the meadow jumping mouse
This analysis was not performed on the North American least shrew (Cryptotis parva), southeastern shrew (Sorex longirostris), and meadow jumping mouse
(Zapus hudsonius) due to small samples.
Chipmunks live in burrows and winter over by going into deep sleep, not hibernation, for weeks at a time, waking up and eating stored food in their homes," she said, adding that only three mammals truly hibernate - the meadow jumping mouse
, woodchucks and some bats.
The Preble's meadow jumping mouse
(Zapus hudsonius preblei) is a three-inch rodent with a long tail and big feet, capable of three-foot leaps, that lives in riparian areas in the Rocky Mountains.
We also captured 123 Blarina carolinensis (southern short-tailed shrews), 12 house mice, 10 Microtus pinetorum (pine voles), 5 Oryzomys palustris (rice rats), 4 Microtus ochrogaster (prairie voles) and 1 Zapus hudsonius (meadow jumping mouse
A study by environmental researchers Amara Brook, Michaela Zint, and Raymond de Young published in Conservation Biology looked at landowner responses to the listing of the endangered Preble's Meadow jumping mouse
, a small, nocturnal rodent native to parts of Wyoming and Colorado.
Fish and Wildlife Service listed the Preble's meadow jumping mouse
, which inhabits river valleys along the eastern flank of the Rockies, as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act, leaving many landowners unable to develop their land.
The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) had discovered a rare, protected small mammal, the Preble's meadow jumping mouse
, living within right-of-way property along East Plum Creek in the town of Castle Rock in Douglas County, CO.
It often seems that the purpose of many of the major environmental groups in the United States is simply to oppose everything, adopting causes like fighting growth because it will disrupt the habitat of the Preble's meadow jumping mouse
. Let's face it, most people don't really care about the habitat of a mouse and fighting a major battle over the issue makes environmentalists look silly and out of touch.
Rocky Flats, valuable habitat for black-tailed prairie dogs, painted turtles, red-tailed hawks and the threatened Preble's Meadow jumping mouse
, will be the second DOE site included.