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Old 08-13-2009, 08:52 PM   #1
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How neat is this?! You can click on the map and get an automatically compiled field guide of all mammals native to your part of the country:

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47 mammal species native to my area...
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Pretty accurate. For me they missed Condylura cristata. Overall it's impressive. Nice find.
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I haven't yet found anything as accurate for fauna as plants.usda.gov is for flora. Are you aware of anything, Equil?
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No. That's why I thought it was impressive. First glance for me did spot that glaring omission. The USDA Plants Database has glaring errors too you know.
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43 mammal native here. I was surprised the largest category was bats.
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No. That's why I thought it was impressive. First glance for me did spot that glaring omission. The USDA Plants Database has glaring errors too you know.
True, with the county distribution maps. It's good for my area because there's an active herbarium here, but there are some embarrassing omissions for the county just to the north. BTW, I noticed the Smithsonian site does have Condylura cristata; it's just that according to them it doesn't occur in your state.
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I know it occurs in my state. My husband found one on our property. I was fit to be tied when he stumbled upon it not me. After all these years of me being out there... he finds the mole looking thing with the flower on its nose. Neighbors find them occassionally and they have been well documented as existing in my county for a couple hundred years. There is no perfect site for flora or fauna. Many are better than others.
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Fisher (Martes pennanti) is another animal whose range seems to be disputed, even by another Smithsonian source. The map is sensitive too, it doesn't list animals throughout a large state; it shows fishers in northeastern Pennsylvania but not the southern parts of the state. Neat site!

North American Mammals: Martes pennanti

Martes pennanti range map; Fisher
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Newsflash
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I was out pulling weeds around my greenhouse and I finally got to see my first star-nosed mole. I quietly backed away from it then took off for the house to get my camera. It was gone by the time I got back but... I got to see my first. Made my month!!!
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