Microtus sp.


Voles are difficult to identify to species. The one in image (A) is probably a Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus), but that cannot be safely determined from this image alone. It grows to about 7 inches long. The vole in images (B,C), a different specimen was photographed in August 2014 off the floodplain boardwalk. 

Voles are known to be common in both of our nature centers, but they are seldom seen. They are active day and night and in all seasons, but mostly below ground. Their tracks may be seen on fresh snow in winter. The specimen (A) was seen near the border fence of Hidden Lake Trail in Fontenelle Forest, on the dirt road along the fence. 

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