Category Archives: Wildlife

Tribute to National Squirrel Appreciation Day, January 21

My right-handed uncle used to call left-handed baseball pitchers “squirrely”.  As a youngster, I thought “squirrely” meant “nuts” or “goofy” until we moved to the Oregon woods and I observed the crafty little critters first hand. I enjoy watching a … Continue reading

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WILD CRITTERS

Stay alert, especially in California, and you’ll see a variety of wild critters: foxes and coyotes and roadrunners in the desert. Even the city of San Francisco is home to colorful wild parrots on Telegraph Hill, feisty raccoons in the … Continue reading

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Burro or Donkey?

What is the difference between a donkey and a burro? The dictionary defines a burro as a small donkey used as a pack animal in the southwestern United States and Mexico; a donkey, Equus asinus, is an ass; an ass … Continue reading

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Chipmunk or Squirrel?

The larger, golden-mantled ground squirrel is often mistaken for a chipmunk. Think of the golden-mantle as a golden shawl over its shoulders. Stripes run down the backs of both critters, but a chipmunk’s stripes continue above and below each eye … Continue reading

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