Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) along with the white-tailed deer, are one of the most common large mammals in north Idaho and northwest Montana. The mule deer is named for the shape of its ears, which resemble those of the domestic mule. It is ear shape, along with black-tipped tails and differing antler pattern, which distinguishes the
The Black-Chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) is one of several hummingbird species native to our area. Male black-chinned hummingbirds can be identified by their black face and chin, with a purple throat band. Both the male and female have a metallic green back with a white abdomen. Like most hummingbirds, they have a long, slender beak.
The Western Painted Turtle (Chrysemys picta bellii) is the only turtle native to North Idaho. The painted turtle, which has four subspecies, is native to most of the US as well as parts of Canada and Mexico. Fossils show that the painted turtle has existed for over 15 million years, and has developed several interesting
The Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) is one of the most recognizable birds in the world, as it is the American national bird. Bald eagles can be found throughout the North American continent at various times of the year, although their breeding grounds are fairly limited. The subspecies found in our area, and the rest of
Snowshoe hares (lepus americanus) are named for their oversize hind feet, which allow them to travel easily in the snow, and are one of North Idaho’s native mammal species. Snowshoe hares are mostly nocturnal, so you are much more likely to see their distinctive tracks, than the animal itself. During the winter, snowshoe hares change
North Idaho’s Newest Species: A big congratulations goes out to local biologists Michael Lucid and Lacey Robinson who discovered a new species of slug recently! They named the slug hemphillia skadei, or Skade’s slug for their daughter Skade, who is herself named for the Norse goddess of winter, skiing and bow hunting. To learn more about