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.

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Sep
21
Sat
7:00 pm September Stargazing
September Stargazing
Sep 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Learn about the night sky and get to know some constellations. This outing will teach some basics of astronomy and then head out into the dark for naked-eye stargazing
Oct
13
Sun
2:00 pm Autumn in the Forest
Autumn in the Forest
Oct 13 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
A walk along the trails of Macphail Woods, looking at both plants and animals. This is a great outing for people of all ages.

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