Congratulations to Daron Tansley for winning the October 2016 iNaturalist Vermont photo-observation of the month contest. His image of a Red Fox hunting small mammals was the most popular photo-observation as measured by clicked ‘favs’.
Red Fox are found all over the world — in North America, Europe, Asia and North Africa — and call a wide range of habitats their home. They are omnivorous, feeding on small mammals, birds, woodchucks, insects, eggs, carrion (dead animals) and also fruits and berries. But they primarily feed on rodents. They can often be seen standing still in a field, listening for any movement. When they detect a small mammal, they leap high in the air and pounce on top of the rodent. They also cache a surplus of food that they can relocate later with their excellent memory.
Visit iNaturalist Vermont, a project of the Vermont Atlas of Life, and you can vote for the winner this month by clicking ‘fav’ on your favorite photo-observation. Make sure you get outdoors and record the biodiversity around you and submit your discoveries and you could be a winner!