Birds and Mammals

Birds and Mammals are some of the most visible and familiar animals in river ecosystems. They may function as "keystone" species in the ecosystem, and are often the focal point of interest in the ecosystem by the general public. Because they can move around so easily we often can't say that these species are restricted to the river. They may move through the river corridor at various times of the day and do various things there.

The creatures listed below are often associated with rivers, and we have observed them along the Boquet River. This is not meant to be a complete list, and we have done no systematic studies on these species. Instead, we present a sampling, derived from the biological literature, of the lives of these birds and mammals found on the Boquet.




Common Merganser, Mergus merganser   Water Shrew, Sorex palustris
Great Blue Heron, Ardea herodias   Beaver, Castor canadensis
Green Heron, Butorides striatus   Muskrat, Ondatra zibethicus
Osprey, Pandion haliaetus   Raccoon, Procyon lotor
Kingfisher, Megaceryle alcyon   Mink, Mustela vison
Bank Swallow, Riparia riparia   Otter, Lutra canadensis
    Coyote, Canis latrans
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