Category: Wildlife

The Yellow-Pine Chipmunk, or what some would call Neotamias Amoenus, is in the Sciuridae family.  It is found in both Canada, the USA and Sea to Sky where most of us live, work and play.  They are usually only found above 950 meters above sea level so if you see one around most house’s here, it is extremely rare.  950 meters above sea level is about 300meters above Whistler’s Main Gondola and about half way to Whistler Mountains mid station.  Most common sightings will be on Alpine hikes, or bike rides.  Good times!!

Yellow Pine Chipmunks length including tail is about 7 to 9 inches and weight for an adults is 1 to 2.5 lbs.  It has at least 10 different calls; one sounds like a robin’s chirp and another, among the most common, is a sharp, accented kwist.

The Yellow Pine Chipmunk mostly burrows and lives underground at about 7 to 21 inches.  The nests are commonly 1.5 to 3 feet long in an open area within the forest where there is usually one entrance, though there may also be short side openings.

Seeds are its most important food, and are eaten as they are available,  When pinecones open up in the fall, this chipmunk climbs trees to get the seeds. It also eats some insects and fungi.

Breeding is early spring with average litters of about 5.  It’s home range is usually only a few acres but depends on a number of factors most notably predators.  These critters are very shy around humans. In the fall the animal stuffs its cheek pouches with food to be stored in its burrows.  One food cache study contained 15 kinds of seeds, corn, and part of a bumblebee.

The species is currently healthy in large numbers. In Washington State individuals once observed this critter being active about seven months and hibernating five, waking to eat about every two weeks and emerging around April. This same study indicated a 97 percent survival rate.  Phenomenal for a mammal of this size!

The yellow pine is most commonly found in Brushy areas interspersed with herbaceous vegetation and open conifer stands; shrubs typically present include snowberry, chinquapin, mountain mahogany, antelope brush, currant, and buckbrush.  Depending on season, its colour ranges from really cool looking tawny hues to pinkish cinnamon. There are 5 distinct longitudinal dark stripes, that are evenly spaced and about equal in width. The Central 3 dark stripes extend to rump; lateral 2 only to mid-body.  In open forest where the sun casts sharp shadows, the well-defined stripes of the Yellow-pine Chipmunk offer protective colouration.

It is not known if these Critters are related to Alvin, Simon or Theodore though input is apprecitated.

Have a great Easter 2011!


Let’s keep these Critters off our property:

1) They carry disease;
2) Cause property damage; and
3) Affect pets and other wildlife natural to our eco-system.

Behind skate park heading towards Vancouver from Pemberton, Whistler, Brakendale, etc., pull off between Tim Hortons and McDonalds and you will see Bucky and his family have been quite active!!

Protected: Bat bugs (Cimex Adjunctus)

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Here is a listing of every species of bat recorded in British Columbia (from Canadian Caver Website):


  • California Myotis (Myotis californicus).
  • Western Small-footed Myotis (Myotis ciliolabrum).
  • Western Long-eared Myotis (Myotis evotis).
  • Keen’s Long-eared Myotis (Myotis keenii).
  • Little Brown Myotis (Myotis lucifugus).
  • Northern Long-eared Myotis (Myotis septentrionalis).
  • Fringed Myotis (Myotis thysanodes)
  • Long-legged Myotis (Myotis volans).
  • Yuma Myotis (Myotis yumanensis).
  • Western Red Bat (Lasiurus blossevillii).
  • Hoary Bat (Lasiurus cinereus).
  • Silver-haired Bat 3 (Lasionycteris noctivagans).
  • Big Brown Bat (Eptesicus fuscus).
  • Spotted Bat (Euderma maculatum).
  • Townsend’s Big-eared Bat (Coryorhinus townsendii).
  • Pallid Bat (Antrozous pallidus).



This totals 17 of the 18 recorded in Canada north of the 49th.

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There is a Beavers nest on the 13 tee off of Nicholas North as pictured above.

He was out last Wednesday January 5th after the two week stretch of -20 or so weather.

We will keep an eye on the area and try to snap some more photo’s. Unfortunately we were unable to get the beaver himself.

Another winter and another influx of Squirrel calls.


As requested by our customers included in this posting is some information on the smaller and often nuiscence whistler wildlife.



1) Douglas Squirrels

-These are the only squirrels you see running around Whistler;

-Can start breeding as early as Feb but it is doubtful if it stays so cold here!;

-Territory can be as large as 10,000 square meters although this is debatable.  We have dropped and marked squirrels in the Cheakamus demonstration forest and they have returned to as far as Nordic within a few days…

-Preditors include martens and cats; and

-Litters of around 4 in spring.


The easiest way to keep these creatures away from your house is by keeping your yard tidy of pinecones and mulch while also ensuring branches are at least 3meters away from any part of house (including decks).



2) Yellow-Pine Chipmunks

-These are the only chipmunks you see running around Whistler (usually at higher 800-1300m elevations);

-More to come!

Bushy Tailed Wood Rats

Emerald Bushy Tailed Wood Rats

Emerald Bushy Tailed Wood Rats


What a year for rodents!!

After the 2010 Winter Olympics here in Whistler their seems to be an abundance of deer mice and bushy tailed wood rats.  Some of them the biggest we have ever seen.

Pack Rat #2

Pack Rat #2

These pictures were taken on a blackberry and don’t do justice.  These guys are big!!