Thanks to Guest Instructor Laura Gunion for the following post and photos:
Foggy morning on the Dunes. Air is wet and cool. Walking along I see acrystal clear fresh perfect trail of a small animal bounding across the damp sand. The following are some of the thoughts in my head. Probably good for my ego that I kept them to myself.
"Whoa! These tracks are perfect! Plaster cast for sure! People always say they see squirrel tracks and I've never seen them here before. I can't believe a squirrel is running from the forest all of the way out to the Tree Island. Why? This is pretty cool. Wow, they look *really* weird in the sand. It's going so fast that the front feet aren't even beside each other. The toes are so round. Huh, is this a different kind of squirrel?! The proximal pads are kinda small for a Douglas Squirrel. Hmmm. This is weird....Wait.. What??! The front feet have 5 toes!! and the back feet have proximal pads - What?! those look like back feet, but they can't be! What the #!*% is going on?!"
of who this critter actually was. As far as I know, this was the first time that tracks of this species has been spotted at the Dunes. Interestingly, we trailed this animal the following 2 days.
Do you know who this was?
Have you ever seen one running across sand dunes?
Post your thoughts here. We will put up ours in a couple of weeks!