View a gallery of photos from Ari’s day in the Basque mountains:
Images courtesy of Ari Daniel Shapiro and Javier López de Luzuriaga Video
Remember the four-hundred-year-old oak tree in the podcast, the one whose hollow trunk held fourteen people? We’ve posted a
video of all those people climbing out of the giant oak. Facts
Meet the family: Martens belong to the weasel family, or
, a group of furbearing carnivores that includes ferrets, mink, weasels, wolverines, badgers, and both river and sea otters. Mustelidae
The European pine marten has two North American cousins, the
, also called a pine marten, and the larger fisher, Martes americana . There is also a nonnative population of Martes pennanti stone martens in Wisconsin. Stone martens brought to Wisconsin to establish a private fur farm in the early 1970s escaped and established a small wild population.
The more adaptable stone marten often ventures into towns and cities in search of food and territory, sometimes denning in attics and barns—even the engine compartments of cars. Their territorial instinct may explain their well-known penchant for
chewing on automobile engine cables and hoses.
Feces in the animal world is known by different names.
Scat refers to the feces of wild carnivores. Other nouns are used to refer to the excrement of birds ( droppings), cattle and elephants ( dung), deer and elk ( fewmets), seabirds and bats ( guano), earthworms ( castings), and insects ( frass). Participate
If you’ve had the good fortune of seeing an elusive creature near where you live, tell us about it or send us a photo at eol.org.
Try your hand at the online, stink-free
scat identification challenge at eNature.com, or download the free Backyard Scat and Tracks app from the iTunes store. Want the real scoop on wildlife poop? Check to see whether your nearest state or national park offers ranger-led walks or training in scat collection for ongoing wildlife monitoring, such as the pika-scat project in Glacier National Park. Up-to-date listings of citizen science projects can be found at Science for Citizens.