The Beach Vole (Microtus breweri), a close relative of the Meadow Vole (Microtus pennsylvanicus) is the only endemic vertebrate species in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. (Tamarin, 1977) (Tamarin et al, 1987) A single population exists on Muskeget Island, a remote uninhabited island in the Nantucket archipelago, 98.7 hectares (244 acres) in area. Muskeget Island is largely inaccessible; it is surrounded by shoals which makes nautical navigation difficult, and the island’s only airstrip is designated for emergency purposes only. Read on to learn more about this unique species.
Kardell, Skyler Kilan, "Life and Death of the Beach Vole (Microtus breweri)" (2022). Internship Reflection Papers. 2323.
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