05/31/2016 - On May 24th an environmental consulting company captured an evening bat in our state, and a pregnant female to boot! This capture makes the fourth record of evening bats in three years. Capture locations have varied from the northcentral to southwest portions of the state. This is a species that has never been documented in Pennsylvania historically. The summer bat trapping season recently began May 15th and extends through August 15th in Pennsylvania, so many more exciting captures are possible in the warm summer nights ahead!
05/27/2016 – A team from the Pennsylvania Mammal Atlas participated in the Heritage Conservancy’s Quakertown Swamp BioBlitz from May 19 to 20. Professionals in various fields such as bugs, birds, amphibians, and plants spent two days finding and recording as many species as possible. The results of this effort inform the Conservancy of resources on the property and allow for best land management practices. Over 320 plant and animal species were documented, including five mammal species our team found using a trail camera and snap traps.
05/10/2016 - Many thanks go out to Professor Aaron Haines’ mammalogy class at Millersville University. As part of a friendly competition, teams of students were challenged to submit records to the Pennsylvania Mammal Atlas during the semester. Over 40 records were contributed, including more than 25 records submitted by Group 2. The winning team was comprised of Berina Nalic, Brandon Smith, Katelyn Newcamp, and Chelsea LaPenta (left to right below). Thank you for all of your hard work, and best of luck in your future endeavors!
We biologists have plenty to keep busy, but we look forward to seeing your winter mammal pictures. Snow provides a great opportunity for photos of scat or tracks. The ground below bird feeders is a good place to check for squirrels and small mammals. It's also a good time to view mammals congregating, like elk. Bundle up, there are mammals to observe!
12/29/15 - If you have visited our Mammals page, you may have noticed our PA Mammal Checklist (also available here). Our goal is to provide the most helpful and accurate list possible, and therefore we've recently updated it. We have removed the outdated Wildlife Action Plan rankings and added a new column that shows whether or not a species can be found statewide. Good luck checking off your Pennsylvania mammal observations, and don't forget to share your photos!
10/23/15 - The Pennsylvania Mammal Atlas team is excited to announce that the Atlas website is now available to the public. The official news broke via the Pennsylvania Game Commission's Game News, November 2015 issue. We are happy to have you visiting this site, and we hope you find it both fun and informative! If you have any questions or problems while using the site, contact us at the email below. Thanks!