Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Dude is flying down to Mammoth Lakes to meet up with old college friends and do some serious skiing. I've skied a few places in the western U.S. and Mammoth ranks up among the best. It's huge! I remember when a lift ticket there cost $13, now it's $85. Oh well.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
We don't often see chipmunks but every once in awhile one shows up at the platform feeder. I think it's a Townsend's chipmunk (Tamias townsendii). In back of our house is 120 acres of park land composed of typical western Washington lowland forest - western hemlock, western red cedar, douglas fir, bigleaf maple (some huge), and a few alder that are past their prime.
My son Geoff found a design for a squirrel trap on the web. A paper towel roller slathered in peanut butter suspended over a 5-gallon bucket. The next morning we had three drowned mice. Fortunately, mice are not an endangered species.