Jim and Carol Patton hunt for kangaroo rats and other desert rodents in Death Valley, California.
Jim Patton brushes a packrat’s furry white belly with a vibrant green marker as his wife, Carol, croons over the animal. “We’re making you beautiful — punk mice!”
Patton, a retired mammologist, is trapping and releasing desert wildlife as part of an ambitious project to repeat surveys conducted by renowned ecologist Joseph Grinnell from 1908 to 1939. Known as the ‘father of field notes’, Grinnell criss-crossed California in his Ford Model T to catalogue its birds and mammals. His descriptions are so
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