Project Background   

 

Understanding terrestrial food webs can help predict how mammalian communities and populations will respond to disturbances such as logging and climate change. 

 

Ongoing terrestrial vertebrate research at the HJ Andrews Experimental Forest is focused on song birds and small mammals, but not their predators. Despite being relatively abundant and occupying a unique and important position as both predator and prey in the terrestrial food web, small mammalian carnivores are understudied in the Pacific Northwest.

   Key Players   

Western spotted skunk

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Mephitidae

Length: 35-45 cm (14-18 in)

Mass (males): 336-734 g

Mass (females): 227-482 g

(Spilogale gracilis)

Short-tailed weasel

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Mustelidae

(Mustela erminea)

Long-tailed weasel

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Mustelidae

(Mustela frenata)

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Skunk

Tales

Notes from the field