Summary for the past week, around Whatcom county, Washington:

  • fox – 1
  • robin – 1
  • opossum – 3
  • unidentified – 2
  • duck – 1
  • squirrel – 1
  • raccoon – 1

Whit Gibbons wrote an article proposing that we can learn something from road kill animals, besides the obvious that we should not hit them in the first place. I’m not sure I agree, but here are a few of his comments :

National statistics are unavailable, but animal deaths are incredibly high because paved highways now dissect every major habitat in America. Any animal living near a highway and traveling overland or through the air, even for short distances, can become a casualty.

“Though little positive can be said about highway carnage, roadkill can play a role in environmental education. Sometimes the dead animals are even used in what might be called continuing education. For decades scientists have been preserving road-killed specimens in museum collections.

Learn to notice roadkill, especially small things. Anyone can see a dead beaver, but what about a dead scarlet king snake the size of a pencil? Developing a search image for small animals is not difficult. I know people who can be traveling fifty miles an hour and spot a quarter-sized baby turtle or a salamander looking like two inches of spaghetti.”

Chipped Monk

roadkill chipmunk


The body count is up this week, watch where the hell you are going, ok? Use your peripheral vision, you do have it, you know.

Hamster report