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Belding Ground Squirrels; AKA Meadow Dogs


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 05 January 2015

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.

Belden Ground Squirrels in Cold Canyon, Yosemite National Park.

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.

Meadow dogs, AKA Belden Ground Squirrels in Cold Canyon, Yosemite.

I saw these guys living in the expansive meadows in upper Cold Canyon, Yosemite National Park.

Mammals Identification
Mammals of Yosemite

Mammal Identification, E-Nature Guides

Belding Ground Squirrel, E-Nature Guides

Belding Ground Squirrel, Wikipedia

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Cold Canyon, Yosemite National Park

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