Fun Friday: Master Landscaper

During a kayak trip a few years ago, I was able to watch this busy little Muskrat as he swam by me several times, carrying some green plants he had just pulled up. You would have thought he was doing some major landscaping back at his hut: Actually, he was either bringing back materials for […]

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Carry Out, Please (Re-post from 2010)

(This post originally published in June, 2010) I had an interesting encounter the other day while kayaking. I was floating among the American Lotus, when a Muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) swam out of a dense growth of Lotus and headed straight towards the kayak:   As he got closer to the kayak, I could see he […]

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Rodent on the Run

While cruising the refuge roads of Squaw Creek NWR (northwest Missouri), I came upon this rodent foraging along the grassy area between the refuge pond and the road. Muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) are very common in a lot of Missouri’s waterways. Normally, they are seen swimming the refuge waters, with only their heads above water. And […]

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Goin’ Green

¬†Over the past¬†week, the muskrats (Ondatra zibethicus) have been very busy getting their nests ready … seems love is in the air everywhere right now! As I sat in the kayak, I watched at least 2 different muskrats as they would surface near the bank, then swim by me as they go all the way […]

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