Mule Deer Doe, Albertson Park Boise

Three Views of a Doe


Kathryn Albertson Park, in Boise, is one of WC’s favorite places to photograph birds. Renovations to the park, including some promising new viewing platforms, have driven away most of the birds this summer, but not, apparently, the resident deer. This pretty young lady gave WC a nice set of poses before heading to a thicket…

Possibly a Long-eared Myotis, Chemetekan Campground, Upper Salmon River, Idaho

Myotis Mystery


WC struggles with the taxonomy of birds. So you should brace yourself as WC ventures into the identification of bats. In Alaska, it was easy. Any bat you saw in the Interior part of the state was a Little Brown Bat, because that was the only species that occurs there. Idaho, by contrast, has 13…

Yellow-pine Chipmunk, Central Oregon

Little Stripy Guys


WC is again taking heat from readers for being avian-centric. WC could point out that birds are what he does. WC could plead that birds are the only taxonomic area in which he is even marginally competent. But instead, here’s a sampler of mammals, specifically a set of rodents, that have wandered in front of…