This list is definitely not just for “rare” sightings. I would love to hear
about any wild observations, especially if it provided you with experience of
enjoyment or insight into that animal. We should probably stop short of
sightings of captive domestic animals, or we might just turn into a farm list.
For my world ungulate bucket list, I am actually holding myself to stricter
rules than birders typically use. They have to be wild and native, no
introduced species. I don’t want my Nilgai from Texas or my Sambar from
Florida. That is why I call it a “dream” instead of a “goal,” especially since
my travel budget is basically zero for the foreseeable future. I can still
enjoy zoo, introduced, and feral animals, but they’re not on my life list which
has been stalled at 4 for a decade: whitetail, mule deer, pronghorn, and
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Subject: [missmammal] Re: Introductions
Joshua- Are you sticking to birding rules and only counting sightings of wild
animals? If not, there are some zoos within the country that have a wide
variety of ungulates. Otherwise, you have quite a bucket list of world travels
ahead of yourself in order to achieve your goals. Ungulates are awesome, though.
I'm just an animal lover in general. I would love to hear about sightings in
our state and I'm happy to post if I see anything in particular. I'm assuming
this listserv is interested in rare sightings, as I see quite a few of a few
species (armadillos, deer, foxes, cattle, horses) and I have yet to see a
"rare" mammal sighting of any sort.
On Tue, Jun 8, 2021 at 7:05 PM Joshua Hodge
I was waiting for a few people to join the list before I posted my
introduction. A handful have joined in the last hour, so I guess I will kick
I am Joshua Hodge from Hattiesburg. I have been a birder and member of the Pine
Woods Audubon Society since 2006. I graduated from USM where I was originally a
biology major thinking about getting into small carnivore research and
conservation before switching majors to paralegal. Even after changing majors,
I spent more hours browsing nature and zoology journals at the library than
working on my courses. :)
My main interests are carnivores and ungulates. I have a dream of being able to
see every species of ungulate in the world before I die. I didn’t think there
were other people interested in mammals or keeping life lists until I found
mammalwatching.com<http://mammalwatching.com> a couple years ago.
Most of my mammal encounters so far are just serendipitous sightings while
birding, but I plan to learn more about techniques for targeting mammals and
try a state “big year” in 2022.
What are your mammal interests, and/or what do you want to see on this list?