mammals http://www.nhm.org/nature/taxonomy/term/281/all en We Found Bats Living at the La Brea Tar Pits! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-found-bats-living-la-brea-tar-pits <p>If you&rsquo;ve ever been to the La Brea Tar Pits you might have wondered if bats were around during the last Ice Age when saber-toothed cats (<em>Smilodon fatalis</em>), Columbian mammoths (<em>Mammuthus columbi</em>), and dire wolves (<em>Canis dirus</em>) roamed the land that is now our city. Well, we&rsquo;re happy to tell you that the answer is yes, and we&rsquo;ve recently discovered that bats are still flying over the tar pits on a regular basis!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/nature/sites/default/files/Pallid_bat.jpg" style="height:511px; width:680px" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-found-bats-living-la-brea-tar-pits" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/we-found-bats-living-la-brea-tar-pits#comments bat detector bats La Brea Tar Pits mammals Miguel Ordenana Tar Pits Blog Thu, 09 Oct 2014 17:16:56 +0000 Miguel Ordenana 847 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Black Rats, Brown Rats, and the Plague http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague <p>I&#39;ve been spending a lot of time thinking about rats. Thankfully, it is not because I have a problem in my apartment! Unfortunately, for many people in L.A., rats are a serious pest, and it&#39;s not just one type of rat. The most serious rodent offenders in our cities are the brown (aka Norway) rat, <em>Rattus norvegicus</em>, and the black rat, <em>Rattus rattus</em>.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/black-rats-brown-rats-and-plague#comments black rats brown rats California ground squirrel Jim Dines mammals pests plague Rats Rattus norvegicus Rattus rattus Blog Fri, 01 Jun 2012 05:35:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 694 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Who's Visiting the Pond? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond <p><span>On the tails<span>&nbsp;(</span>mammal and&nbsp;bird&nbsp;tails that is)&nbsp;of last week&#39;s post, I thought I&#39;d continue to focus your attention on our wonderful new pond. Sam Easterson has set up some of his trusty camera traps next to the waterfall to see who might be visiting the pond. Check out the following images to see what he has found so far.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div><span>Nighttime is busy at the pond!</span></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/whos-visiting-pond#comments American Crow birds Black-headed Grosbeak Camera trap cats mammals Mourning Dove Pond Sam Easterson Swainson's Thrush Virginia opossum Warbling Vireo Western gulls Western Kingbird Western Tanager Blog Fri, 11 May 2012 04:27:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 697 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Breaking and Entering: Squirrel Moves into Opossum Den http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den <p><span>We have another new sighting for the North Campus. A California ground squirrel has been spotted using the </span><a href="/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil" target="_blank"><span>opossum den</span></a><span> located underneath one of our Museum sheds. So far it seems that both the opossums and the squirrels are sharing the space!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/breaking-and-entering-squirrel-moves-opossum-den#comments California ground squirrel Camera trap Jim Dines mammals Otospermophilus beecheyi pests Sam Easterson squirrels Blog Fri, 16 Mar 2012 22:49:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 665 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Opossums Love Tin Foil! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil <p>A few weeks ago, Sam Easterson followed a trail of tin foil and discovered the den of a Virginia opossum, <em>Didelphis virginiana</em>, underneath one of the Museum's storage sheds. Since then he set up camera traps around the den to see what was going on. This is what we found...<strong>A night of tin foil escapades.</strong> What on Earth are they doing with all the tin foil? Tin foil hats to ward off alien thought control maybe?</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/opossums-love-tin-foil#comments den mammals nest Opossum Sam Easterson tin foil Virginia opossum Blog Thu, 29 Dec 2011 05:41:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 675 at http://www.nhm.org/nature The Twelve Days of Christmas http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas <p>On the Twelfth Day of Christmas the North Campus gave to me...</p> <p>Twelve&nbsp;skippers skipping<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/twelve-days-christmas#comments birds butterfly caterpillar crow Flies hummingbirds insects ladybug mammals Twelve days of christmas Blog Sat, 24 Dec 2011 04:33:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 676 at http://www.nhm.org/nature First Raccoon Recorded in North Campus http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-raccoon-recorded-north-campus <p>Last week, while I was away in Costa Rica finding amazing bugs of all varieties, Sam's camera trap discovered a new species of mammal for our North Campus list! <div><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d2H1GzWOLu0/Tukf5XNVQZI/AAAAAAAAAQM/I1zGptn6zNk/s1600/raccoon2.JPG" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="360" oda="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-d2H1GzWOLu0/Tukf5XNVQZI/AAAAAAAAAQM/I1zGptn6zNk/s640/raccoon2.JPG" width="576" /></a></div> <div>Raccoon found under bridge in North Campus</div> <div> </div></p><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-raccoon-recorded-north-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/first-raccoon-recorded-north-campus#comments lawn pests mammals pests pet food Procyon lotor raccoons Blog Sat, 17 Dec 2011 05:46:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 677 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Happy Halloween: Bats! http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/happy-halloween-bats <p>To help celebrate Halloween here are some bats! The Big Brown Bat, <em>Eptesicus fuscus</em>, is the most common bat in our area. They are easily seen at dusk flying around parks and water sources as they search for their insect food. We're putting up a  bat box in the North Campus in hopes that some of these bats will move in.</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/happy-halloween-bats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/happy-halloween-bats#comments bats big brown bat halloween haory bat mammals pallid bat Blog Tue, 01 Nov 2011 06:01:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 644 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Is This Your Dog? http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/your-dog <p>Sam moved the camera trap last week. We wanted to see what else we might find in the North Campus. Here's what we found. <div><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HtO805ytgow/TiTPOgB7DhI/AAAAAAAAAG4/pIeqJtJ7lCc/s1600/opossum.jpg" imageanchor="1"><img border="0" height="225" m src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-HtO805ytgow/TiTPOgB7DhI/AAAAAAAAAG4/pIeqJtJ7lCc/s400/opossum.jpg" width="400" /></a></div> </p><p>I guess the Opossum was like the rest of us totally unaffected by Carmageddon!</p> <p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/your-dog" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/your-dog#comments Camera trap dogs mammals Opossum Blog Thu, 21 Jul 2011 00:09:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 659 at http://www.nhm.org/nature Camera Trapping http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/camera-trapping <div></div> <div>Last week Sam got an awesome package in the mail, our new camera trap! On Monday afternoon he set it up behind the Butterfly Pavilion to see if it worked. We were also curious to see if we'd capture any interesting images. Boy were we in for a surprise!</div> <div></div> <div><strong>Night 1: Monday pm-Tuesday am</strong></div> <div> </div><p><a href="http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/camera-trapping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.nhm.org/nature/blog/camera-trapping#comments birds Butterfly Pavilion Camera trap cats Cooper's Hawk mammals Opossum Blog Fri, 24 Jun 2011 06:20:00 +0000 Lila Higgins 662 at http://www.nhm.org/nature