Lookit this little yellow-bellied marmot friend. Lookit! So what if he might carry the plague, he’s freaking adorable. I’ve seen a few around here, but this is the smallest one I’ve ever seen (also, the least mangy).
Update kinda: I’m down in SE ID at the moment following sage-grouse and trying to learn all the vegetation out here for a couple months. YES! Getting out of the office has restored my sanity greatly, even though I am living with mice.
So I’m either going to get the plague from this marmot, or hantavirus from the mice. Let’s go with neither, yeah?
Jill Wussow, 31, is a seasonal field biologist, nature photographer and nomad. She has worked with several federally endangered bird species (including the Golden-cheeked Warbler, Black-capped Vireo and Piping Plover), sea turtles, and bats all over the United States. She is rarely in one place for more than a few months at a time and her whereabouts are often confusing. Field work has given her great opportunity to travel often and meshes with her passion for wildlife and nature photography perfectly. Through her photography, Jill hopes to convey her love and respect of the natural world.