The Weekly Recap

Hi, welcome back to the weekly recap! 

The first trip report posted this week was from Northern Spain: Wildcat, Brown Bear, Broom Hare and a disappointing lack of Spanish omelette, all on a mammalwatcher’s version of a pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. 

On the subject of Brown Bears, this trip report from Yellowstone features them WITH CUBS! There is also a Black Bear foraging for berries, but once again a disappointing lack of food, this time in the form of “picanic baskets” (*Yogi Bear voice*).

I’m not sure who is being held hostage for my dad to share a birding trip report, but here we are. At least it’s not my kidney he’s threatening to sell this time. It’s a great report of Northern India though, with many cool mammals snuck in – from the beautiful Asiatic Golden Cat to Capped Langur.

Next is this part of a worldwide biodiversity search – the section from California to Colorado. There are gorgeous photos of plants, insects and of course mammals, like the Aplodontia and Silver-phase Red Fox.  

This report from the Valley of the Cats by China Mammal Tour gives helpful guidance on how to plan a trip there, and maybe also see 25 species! Three Snow Leopards, Wild Yak, Sichuan Snub-nosed Monkey and even adorable Pallas’ Cat cubs. 

Finally, this report from California of my dad’s (desperate) search of the Guadalupe Fur Seal (successful, thank God) also includes Orcas, a Giant Kangaroo Rat, and otterly adorable otters… amongst other species. 

On the 24th of September there will be an online Community Meeting with John Morrison from WWF USA as a speaker. Anyone is welcome to join and share their thoughts on how mammalwatchers could further help conservation, or preferably how natural selection could be sped-up in eliminating the mammalwatching gene. Surely dragging a prospective partner on a mammal trip should be enough to avoid all risks of reproduction, although unfortunately for me this wasn’t enough to forewarn my mother. 

A small and mysterious rodent-like mammal spotted in Harare, Zimbabwe needs urgent identifying for a mammalwatcher’s sanity. The description is here – please comment if you have any ideas! 

Done are the days of torch-holding PTSD! Never again shall I suffer the fear of a minute hand wobble while my dad photographs a flying squirrel! This guide, posted by the most benevolent mammalwatcher known to man, has hopefully put an end to my agony: how to mount your torch to your camera. Well, at the very least I now have a counterattack to my father’s insistence I be his torch monkey. 

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cover photo: Jon Hall

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