Mammal Watching in North America book

Dear All,

As many of you know, I am working on a book Mammal Watching in North America. The book is practically finished now, so this is a last-minute call for info contribution. If you know of a bat house with a rare species colony, or a good place to find a certain shrew, or a bird feeder visited by weasels, or a campground frequented by ringtails… please let me know. I particularly need more info on Midwestern states, Saskatchewan, Nunavut, Greenland and far western Alaska. All contributors will be properly acknowledged. Of course, if you’ve already shared that particular bit of info on this website, no need to bother again – I’ve read it thoroughly.


Vladimir Dinets


  • morganchurchill

    I have been so busy with my PhD I haven’t been able to spend much time looking for new mammals.

    Are you including pelagic trip information? Patteson Pelagics runs great trips out of Hatteras that have picked up some awesome marine mammals. I did two back to back trips and got offshore bottlenose, short-finned Pilot, Sperm Whale, Humpback Whale, Risso’s Dolphin, and Atlantic Spotted Dolphin.

  • sflamand

    Here are 4 places I thought of:

    1. Both the Arizona Cotton Rat and the Western Harvest Mouse can be seen at the feeders at Lake Patagonia State Park in Patagonia, Arizona. The feeders are at the front door of the Visitor Center. They are very easy to find there.

    2. You probably already know this: Wild Muskox are very easy to see within a mile or two of Nome on Anvil Mountain.

    3. I had singing voles at the “Trains to Nowhere” exhibit on Council Road outside of Nome, AK

    4. On 2 different occasions I have found a Botta’s Pocket Gopher in the garden beds around the visitor center at Zion National Park in Utah

    Scott Flamand

    • Vladimir Dinets

      Thanks a lot! Singing voles were down to just one active burrow when we were there a couple years ago, but reportedly have rebounded.
      BTW, if someone would like to see a meadow vole, they are really abundant right now in Satchuest Point NWR in Rhode Island. Better hurry, or snowy owls and harriers will eat them all 🙂

  • Jon Hall

    HI Vladimir – this info comes from Joe Dlugo who asked me to post it… jon
    “If you don’t have it already, there’s a good spot on the Olympic Coast for seeing spotted skunks almost any night you camp. North of LaPush/Rialto Beach there are two campsites I’ve been at, Hole in the Wall and Chilean Memorial, where they’ve visited me each night I’ve camped there. Not sure if this is specific to this stretch of beach but I’ve camped in other places along the coast and have never seen them. Of course they’re after camper crumbs.”

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