Belding Ground Squirrels; AKA Meadow Dogs
We have a small mammal that's adapted pretty well to the flat expanses of High Sierra meadows by focusing on observation, communication, speed and cover. These are the Belding Ground Squirrels.
They stand up in the meadows having adapted physically to enhance their observation skills. They communicate their observations verbally, and rapidly scurry to tunnel complexes equipped with multiple entrances/exits. These High Sierra ground squirrels use technics much like prarie dogs. Thus I call them meadow dogs.
I saw these guys living in the expansive meadows in upper Cold Canyon, Yosemite National Park.
Mammals of Yosemite
Mammal Identification, E-Nature Guides
Belding Ground Squirrel, E-Nature Guides
Belding Ground Squirrel, Wikipedia
Trail Guide Location
Cold Canyon, Yosemite National Park
Cold Canyon to Tuolumne Meadows
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