Wildlife Wednesday – The Meadow Vole

Welcome back to Wildlife Wednesday from your Ohio Division of Wildlife as we spotlight a critter that can produce up to 17 litters a year – the meadow vole.
The meadow vole is dark brown in color with a silvery to slightly buffy or dark gray belly and bi-colored tail. The fur is long and soft.
They can be found in meadows, fields, grassy marshes, and other places near streams, lakes, and swamps.
DID YOU KNOW?: Meadow voles are excellent swimmers, but poor climbers. This rodent is a major food source for large raptors. Northern harriers, rough-legged hawks, and short-eared owls are especially dependent on meadow voles.
For more info on other mammals in the buckeye state, download our Mammals of Ohio Field Guide at https://ohiodnr.gov/…/Mammals%20of%20Ohio%20Field…. Ohio Department of Education #WildOhio
Information courtesy of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources