Lately in the lab…

Lately, I have been in the lab learning how to identify species from diagnostic characteristics of the skulls, mandibles, and teeth from my owl pellet samples. I have seen LOTS of deer mice and meadow voles (meadow vole skulls & mandibles on the left, deer mouse mandibles on the right).

Typical small mammals identified from owl pellets on the Canadian prairies - meadow voles (left) and deer mice (right)!

Typical small mammals identified from owl pellets on the Canadian prairies – meadow voles (left) and deer mice (right)!

I’ve also seen some olive-backed pocket mice, northern grasshopper mice, and sagebrush voles in samples. The biggest catch of olive-backed pocket mice from a single sample so far is below.

So many olive-backed pocket mouse mandibles!

So many olive-backed pocket mouse mandibles!

I have another 40+ owl pellet samples to  go through, so expect to see more updates in the next few months!

Advertisements
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s