52-week project

07/01
2015

June Prey – Black-tailed Jackrabbit

  It has been a good year for the Black-tailed Jackrabbit (Lepus californicus) here in Utah. This has meant plentiful food for the jackrabbit’s main predator: the Golden Eagle (Aquila… Read more »




06/04
2015

May Prey – Uinta Ground Squirrel

  A close relative of the Piute ground squirrel, the Uinta ground squirrel (Urocitellus armatus) inhabits eastern Idaho, southern Montana, western Wyoming, and northern Utah. Hibernating up to 9 months out… Read more »




05/01
2015

April Prey – Loggerhead Shrike and Spider

  Despite their reputation for impaling reptiles on thorns and barbed-wire fences, in many parts of their range, the diet of the Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus) consists mainly of insects…. Read more »




04/01
2015

March Prey – Northern Flicker and Ants

  The warm spring weather has awoken many ant colonies, great news for ant-lovers like the Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus). This female Flicker was foraging on the ground, greedily tonguing up loads… Read more »




03/03
2015

February Prey – Piute Ground Squirrel

Ground squirrels are truly amazing creatures, and the Piute Ground Squirrel (Urocitellus mollis) is no exception. Hibernating 7 months of the year, these critters are found in particular abundance in southwestern Idaho… Read more »




02/01
2015

January Prey – Vole

  It was brought to my attention that we often focus so much on top predators that we forget about the little guys. The various prey species raptors and other… Read more »




01/04
2015

December Raptor – Merlin

  In many ways Merlins (Falco columbarius) are like miniature versions of Peregrine Falcons: aggressive aerial predators often taking prey larger than themselves. Merlins are just slightly larger than the… Read more »




12/01
2014

November Raptor: Red-tailed Hawk

  Winter is here and with it comes excellent opportunities to view an abundance of raptors looking to survive it’s harsh months. Winter can be a tough time for raptors…. Read more »




11/01
2014

October Raptor – Golden Eagle

  In todays world, a variety of human related factors threaten Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) populations. Native habitat/prey loss, wind energy development, electrocution, and lead poisoning all pose threats to… Read more »




08/01
2014

July Raptor – Rough-legged Hawk

  These roughly 30-day old Rough-legged Hawk nestlings stand stoically in the stick nest constructed by their dutiful parents. They would be due to fledge from this cliff around 36… Read more »