Asked August 31, 2017, 5:03 PM EDT

Why are there so few squirrels, possums, skunks, chipmunks and species like turtles and even birds around here? I moved from the Midwest recently and there are less trees, less outdoor area that could house these animals yet there are more there.

Washington County Oregon wildlife

1 Response

Well, this may be a matter of opinion. In my neighborhood we have a lot of red oak trees and a few walnut trees so I think we have a lot of squirrels. Opossums are not native in this region and there are fewer than when I was growing up so that may be related to more predators for them. These are a couple of examples but is by no means exhaustive.

I'd encourage you to visit some of the nature centers we have in Washington and Multnomah counties. I found this link for Oregon as we have quite a few around the state

I did find this paper from 1998 that discusses diversity

Certainly what is native here is different as is the climate, terrain and population. I believe there is much diversity in floral and fauna, it's just different than what you have in the Midwest.