Jumping Mice


Woodland jumping mouse  (Napeozapus insignis)

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Meadow jumping mouse  (Zapus hudsonicus)

I am amazed at how many people have never seen these reasonably common Islanders, although I have to admit that I seldom encounter the woodland species unless I’m trapping them. These guys are like miniature kangaroos; they rocket out from under your feet with several long jumps. Our best jumper, able to leap up to 2.4 m (8′). I suspect they are a trial to predators, which include weasels, mink, skunks and owls. They are unlike their other mouse relatives in being true hibernators, and thus may live a somewhat longer life.

Upcoming Events

Jul
3
Mon
9:00 am Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Becoming a Naturalist Week 1
Jul 3 @ 9:00 am – Jul 7 @ 3:00 pm
This camp builds on the camper’s ability to encounter and describe the natural world. They will use journals, collecting equipment, and take part in many fun activities that will expand their understanding of how to
Jul
10
Mon
9:00 am Young Ecologists Week 1
Young Ecologists Week 1
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 14 @ 3:00 pm
This camp will begin to introduce the campers to the amazing complexity of our native Acadian forests. They will dissect owl pellets, take part in forest restoration planning and plantings and develop their understanding of
Jul
15
Sat
2:00 pm Forest Restoration Workshop
Forest Restoration Workshop
Jul 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Forest Restoration Workshop @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
The Forest Restoration workshop offers alternatives to clear-cuts and plantations, and other ideas on how to improve the health of Island forests. It starts with a presentation in the Nature Centre and then participants will