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

Sep
23
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 23 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Learn a little about the night sky and get to know a few constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing. Begins at the
Oct
15
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn Walk in the Forest
Autumn Walk in the Forest
Oct 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Autumn Walk in the Forest @ Macphail Woods Nature Centre | Vernon Bridge | Prince Edward Island | Canada
Woodlands are wonderful places at any time of the year, but a forest in autumn is always special. There are still lots of birds around, the witch hazel is blooming, and many plants are showing