Canku Ota
(Many Paths)
An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America
General Information
Insects and Spiders
Bison (Buffalo)
Mammals - Miscellaneous
Wolves, Foxes, Coyotes and Dogs
Plants and Trees
Reptiles and Amphibians
The Sky
Mammals - Miscellaneous
American Badger
The American badger has a flat body, with short legs and a triangular face with a long, pointed, tipped- up nose. It has long brown or black fur with white stripes on its cheeks and one stripe running from its nose to the back of its head. It has small ears on the side of its head and long, sharp front claws
"The Only Flying Mammal!" A Thematic Resource for Teachers and Students
Bat Conservation International
Many things people think they know about bats aren't even true. Bats aren't blind, they're not rodents, and they won't get tangled in your hair.
Beavers are found throughout North America except for the Southwest, and Mexico
The Beaver
The beaver attained official status as an emblem of Canada when an "act to provide for the recognition of the beaver (castor canadensis) as a symbol of the sovereignty of Canada" received royal assent on March 24, 1975.
Black-footed Ferret
The black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes) has been considered the most endangered mammal in North America for many years
Black-footed Ferret-Wild Times
The black-footed ferret's story is one of the most amazing tales in the history of wildlife management
Black-tailed Prairie Dog Facts
Black-tailed prairie dogs (Cynomys ludovicianus) are stout, burrowing animals within the squirrel family, approximately 14-17 inches long and weighing about 1-3 pounds.
Black-Tailed Prairie Dog Links-NWF
For more information on the black-tailed prairie dog and prairie grasslands, visit some of the sites listed below.
Chipmunks by Abby
Chipmunks are very interesting creatures. Did you know that a chipmunk can jump into its hole so its enemies that are chasing it will not find its tracks?
Common and Friendly by Jim Ferguson
There are 19 species of chipmunk in North America but the most common is the Eastern Chipmunk which inhabits the eastern part of the continent from James Bay in northern Ontario to the State of Georgia.
Criteria for Successful Bat Houses
North American Research Project on bats teaches you to build a bat house.
Duke University Primate Center
Duke University Primate Center is home to approximately 300 prosimian primates, also known as lemurs. Mouse over the menu to see photos of seventeen species of lemurs. Just looking at the pictures is fun, and young animal lovers will love this. Click on any species name (such as Bushbaby) to learn more. Visit the Kids Corner for interactive games including a word search, maze, coloring pages and two lemur jigsaw puzzles.
Eastern Cottontail
Eastern Cottontails are the best-known and most widely distributed rabbit of North America.
Enchanted Learning: Apes
For elementary grades, Enchanted Learning has sections on five kinds of apes: gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, gibbons and siamangs. Each section includes a feature article with lots of fast facts, a printable quiz, coloring page, and related web links. To learn how apes fit into the primate order, click on Classification to read about the Linnean Classification system. To explore related topics, click around in Zoom Mammals and Zoom Rainforests.
There are two species of hares in Alaska, both of which turn white in the winter. The snowshoe, or varying hare (Lepus americanus), is the most common and widespread of these.
How Stuff Works: Is there a difference between monkeys and apes?
Is there a difference between monkeys and apes? Yes, and this one page articles explains how monkeys and apes are related, and how they differ. It's a good introduction to the scientific classification of orders, suborders, and species. "The 235 modern primate species are divided up into two suborders -- the prosimians and the anthropoids." There are some interesting links at the bottom of the page, and a printable version with less advertising.
International Society for the Protection of Mustangs and Burros
The International Society for the Protection of Mustang and Burros is an effective international leader in our field because we have earned the respect and credibility of the many diverse participants in the Wild Horse and Burro program. Our main thrust is one of education and of becoming a model, a way of “being” on this planet we call Mother Earth. One can make no greater impression than to lead by example. ISPMB honors the wild horse and burro and realizes the interdependence of all living things in this universe.
Jumping Mouse
Meadow Jumping Mouse
Preble's Jumping Mouse
Woodland Jumping Mouse
This aquatic rodent is found across all of Canada with the exception of the arctic tundra, throughout the United States, and in much of Europe and Asia where it has been introduced by man.
If you like nature and you like the muskrat, you might want go and look at some streams and safe canals because that's where they like to live.
North American Badger
The badger is found primarily in the great plains region of North America. The species has expanded its range greatly since the turn of the century, and it is now found as far east as Ontario, Canada.$narrative.html
Opossums are a member of the order Marsupialia, a primitive group of mammals found most commonly in Australia. Kangaroos, koalas and wombats are other well known marsupials.
A large rodent with distinct, barbed quills on back, sides, and tail;
Porcupine Page
I will use "common porcupine" to refer to Erethizon dorsatum, the North American Porcupine.
Possum Network
Welcome to 'Possum Network, the home page of America's only native Marsupial, the Virginia Opossum. Love a Koala? Dream of seeing a kangaroo some day? Why not take a look at a home grown North American marsupial. These pages chronicle the meeting of man and woman with one of creation's other fine critters - the Virginia Opossum.
Possum Pages
The opossum is a noble beast, though much maligned in common thought. Sad to say, most residents of North America see the opossum as of little more use other than to decorate the shoulders of our nation's highways and to serve as examples of why one shouldn't cross the road at night.
Prairie Dogs (DesertUSA)
In 1900, a huge Prairie Dog settlement was reported on the high plains of Texas. It extended 100 miles in one direction and 250 miles in the other. An estimated 400 million prairie dogs lived in this "town!"
Prairie Dog-Keep the Wild Alive
The following resources are an introduction to the very active life of the Utah prairie dog and the important ecological role it plays in its southern Utah range
The pronghorn antelope, sometimes referred to as the prairie ghost, is found only on America's Great Plains.
Raccoons from the Gable's
This site mainly deals with our volunteer wildlife rescue work and raccoon experiences. It's always being expanded so read What's_New and please check back often! Don't miss the heartwarming and humorous tales of Meeko, The 3 Babies, Tiki, Poko & Mandi and more!
River Otter
The North American river otter (Lutra canadensis) ranges over most of North America north of Mexico.
Sea Otter
The sea otter (Enhydra lutris) lives in shallow water areas along the shores of the North Pacific. Its range once extended from southern California north then west through the Aleutian Islands, to the Kamchatka Peninsula, and south to the northern islands of Japan.
Snowshoe Hare
The snowshoe hare is a medium-sized rabbit. Its feet are long (11-15 cm). With the toes spread apart, and the soles of their feet furry, the snowshoe hare is adapted for traveling in the snow
Striped Skunk$narrative.html
White Footed Mouse
The genus name Peromyscus is from the Greek words pera (pouch) and myskos (little mouse), or "pouched little mouse," a reference to the internal cheek pouches found in members of this genus. The specifies name leucopus is from the Greek words leukon (white) and pous (foot).
White Footed Mouse (Peromyscus leucopus)
A medium-sized, short-tailed, white-footed mouse; tail about 43% of total length, sparsely haired, darker above than below but usually not sharply bicolor; upperparts cinnamon rufous mixed with blackish; sides paler, with less admixture of black; underparts and feet white, the "ankle" slightly brownish.
The Wolverine Foundation
The Wolverine Foundation was founded in 1996 to promote interest in the wolverine's status and ecological role in the world wildlife community. It is a nonprofit foundation comprised of leading wildlife scientists knowledgeable in the life history, ecology, management, and paleo- history of one of the least understood and most fascinating creatures on earth.
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