While scouting for teaching locations for the Wildlife Tracking Intensive at the end of April, Alexia Allen and I spotted a small rodent moving through the leaf litter in a riparian forest close to the Hoh River on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. I quickly reached down and captured the little grey creature who was kind enough to pose for a few photographs!
|Creeping voles are a relatively small species of Microtus, typically found in forests here in the Northwest|
|Field marks which identify this as a creeping vole include its small size, short tail, and small ears which blend into it fur as well as its forest habitat.|
|Creeping vole (Microtus oregoni)|
|Alexia Allen carefully handles the vole by its ruff.|