Trillium Ridge Flora and Fauna
Prairie vole
Microtus ochrogaster
Location: burrows in several meadow areas
They part the grass at the ground level to make 2-inch wide runways between the entrances to their burrows, or from the burrows to their food source. There is an example leading from the pachysandra by the big white pine to the meadow surrounding the bird feeder. Another leads from the rock wall at north edge of front prairie to the streambed. We find myriad trails when snow melts showing their complex network under the snow of passages to/from nests and feeding sites.
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Genus: Microtus (voles)
Family: Muridae (mice and rats, gerbils, and relatives)
Order: Rodentia (rodents)
Class: Mammalia (Mammals)
Phylum/Division: Chordata (Spinal chorded)
Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)