The Eastern chipmunk, Tamias striatus, is a rodent commonly found in Michigan and in much of the Eastern United States and Canada. Their habitats generally include forests as well as suburban areas and city parks. They dig complex burrows with many entrances and chambers as well as short escape tunnels. Each chipmunk will defend its own burrow, chasing off any intruders. They spend the winter underground where they have a store of food but will occasionally surface.
The diet of the eastern chipmunk varies depending on their habitat but often includes seeds, nuts, berries, roots, and fungi. Chipmunks store food in their cheek pouches which, when filled, can become as large as the chipmunk’s head.
Science Tuesday: Zoology (February 2017) Science Tuesdays is an ongoing educational experience, offering science programming based on changing themes each month. Science Tuesdays take place throughout the day on Tuesdays at the Museum and include a variety of activities and interactive displays.
Discovery Kit: Zoology (October 25 2019) Discovery Kits include a variety of artifacts and specimens from the Museum’s Collection that allow students to investigate global and local objects. The Collections support the Museum’s mission of inspiring curiosity and discovery around science, history, and culture. Each kit includes objects from the Museums archives, helpful resources and suggested activities. Discovery Kits are a great way for teachers to incorporate primary source and object-based learning into the classroom or as a way to prepare for or extend a Museum visit.
Virtual Discovery Kit: Zoology (April 2020) Zoologists and animal lovers alike can investigate unique animal specimens from habitats all around the world. Discover where these animals live, what they eat and what makes them special!