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Meadow Vole Microtus pennsylvanicus

A small rodent, although abundant rarely seen in the open due to its preference to be active at night. Lives in moist areas of meadows or forest. Prey for many hawks, owls and mammalian carnivores.


Mammalia > Rodentia > Cricetidae > Arvicolinae

Names in different Languages

EnglishMeadow Vole
FrenchCampagnol des prés
SpanishMicrotus pennsylvanicus

How to Identify

For now, I identify this species by type of habitat where I find its burrow usually located in moist, dense, low growing grassland.

Where When to Spot

They are around all year. The only individual of this species I have spotted so far, moved around the entrance of its burrow located close to the large pond in Park Angrignon.

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Number of times a species has been observed, identified, and recorded. A species is reported only once per visit to a park.

Photos of Meadow Vole

Last updated on 2023-01-15. Written and regularly updated by Karl-Heinz Müller, Dipl. Natw. ETH, Biology. With 10 years of experience in wildlife photography, Karl-Heinz shares first-hand, on-site collected observations, photos and videos from his frequent visits to parks in the Montreal area.