First Printing Corrections for Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest

Below is a collection of typographical and content errors have been identified in the first printing of Wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Corrections will be made in the second printing and are posted below. Please note that several simple spelling and capitalization errors that have been discovered are not listed here. David welcomes any and all feedback on the book!

Typographical Corrections

  • p. 81, left column: After “lagomorphs” the page number reference should be changed from “000” to “107”.
  • p. 102, left photograph: The labeling of the feet in the caption for the photograph is reversed. Should read: “Left front (above)”.
  • p. 173, left column: Under “Walk and Trot”, Trail Width range should read “15/16-1 11/16 in.” rather than “1 15/16-“
  • p. 253, left column: After “Weight” heading should read “0.47” rather than “47.0” for the lower end of the weight range.
  • p. 263, second column: Under “HIND” heading should read “W” rather than “L” at the end of the Length x Width track measurement ranges.
  • p. 271, left column: In the last sentence after the “WESTERN SPOTTED SKUNK” heading should read “spotted skunks often use…” rather than “striped skunks often use…”

Small Factual Corrections

  • p. 242, left column: “parasitic ringworms” should actually read “parasitic roundworms”.
  • p. 269, left column: The sentence in parenthesis should be changed from “Rabies has not been documented in skunks in our region specifically” to “Rabies is occasionally doucmented in skunks in Northern California.”

Wilson’s versus Common snipe

This is a nomenclature correction in the text. Taxonomists split the population of snipe here in the Pacific Northwest into a seperate species, the Wilson’s snipe (Gallinago delicata), from the Eurasian species, Common snipe (Gallinago gallinago) which still retains the original common and latin names.

  • p. 305: Common and latin name labels for the snipe illustration should read “Wilson’s snipe” and “Gallinago delicata“.
  • p. 314: Common and latin name headers for the snipe should similarly be corrected.
  • p. 326: Under “Probing Holes in the Ground” heading “common snipe” should be replaced with “Wilson’s snipe”.
  • p. 327: Caption for lower photograph should read “Wilson’s snipe”.
  • p. 359: Index entry for “Gallinago gallinago” should read “Gallinago delicata”
  • p. 362: Snipe was accidentally omitted from the index. On the middle column, between “snakes” and “Sorex”, the following should be inserted: “Snipe, Wilson’s, 305, 314, 326-327.

Scientific Classification of Ground Squirrels

All of the species of ground squirrels covered in the text within the genus Spermophilus have undergone a taxonomic reclassificiation into several different genera. For more information on this subject see the article:

Kristofer M. Helgen, F. Russell Cole, Lauren E. Helgen, and Don E. Wilson (2009) Generic Revision in the Holarctic Ground Squirrel Genus Spermophilus. Journal of Mammalogy: April 2009, Vol. 90, No. 2, pp. 270-305.

Northern Flying Squirrel track illustrations and description

Clear footprints of the northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus) have rarely been detected in the wild, or at least rarely documented. David Moskowitz has never definitively identified this species’s tracks in the wild in any substrate other than loose snow. As such producing reliable illustrations for the tracks of flying squirrels is challenging. Based on feedback from Mark Elbroch, author of a number of books on Wildlife tracks in North America, revisiting original research materials which went into the creation of illustrations and description in Wildlife in the Pacific Northwest and subsequent research at the Burke Museum at the University of Washington, a revised illustration and track descriptions is warrented. For a more detailed exploration of this topic see David’s blog post on the subject.