Posted by: atowhee | April 21, 2023


There is only one marsupial (pouched mammal) in North America. This morning one ran through our back garden…in daylight.

Here’s what ODFW says about this invasive: “It was introduced in Oregon between 1910 and 1921. Populations were established in northwestern Oregon apparently from releases of animals brought to the state as pets or novelties.”
The possum is native to eastern Canada and U.S. There are other species of possum in Latin America.
The possum is a dietary wonder, an omnivore who may eat a wider variety of food than even bears or our species. We often see the conical excavations one makes in our garden. Earthworms, sowbugs, tubers, slugs–yummy, all of ’em. Last time I saw an actual possum here, it was up one of our trees eating pears.

Eaglets spotted! Click here for update on Salem’s riverfront eagle watch.

In California nature is making good use of the water–check out aerials of flower-colored hillsides.

One of our smallest neighbors here in the Pacific Northwest is in trouble. Click here for info and what we might be able to do to help.



  1. We had one yesterday as well!

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