Meadow Vole Microtus pennsylvanicus (Ord, 1815)    
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Chordata   >   Class Mammalia   >   Order Rodentia   >   Family Muridae   >   Genus Microtus   

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While rarely seen well, Meadow Voles are found statewide and are one of our more common rodents in rural areas. They remain active through most of the year. During the winter they often will travel underneath the snow looking for food, which consists mostly of plants. That said, they will feed on insects and other small invertebrates when available during the warmer months.

There are 427 records in the project database.

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Meadow Vole in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/16/2017). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Meadow Vole in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/16/2017). (c) Josh Emm, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Steve Sheffield collects data on a Meadow Vole in Allegany Co., Maryland (6/27/2015). Documented as part of the Rocky Gap SP BioBlitz. Photo by Bill Hubick. (MBP list)

A Meadow Vole in Baltimore Co., Maryland (10/23/2015). Photo by Keith Eric Costley. (MBP list)

Meadow Vole in Garrett Co., Maryland (7/19/2022). (c) Kyle Klotz, all rights reserved. Photo by Kyle Klotz. (MBP list)

A baby Meadow Vole in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/16/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

Meadow Vole young in Garrett Co., Maryland (5/2/2022). (c) hannahmoore02, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by hannahmoore02 via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

A Meadow Vole nest in Cecil Co., Maryland (8/16/2017). Photo by Josh Emm. (MBP list)

A Meadow Vole in Sauk Co., Wisconsin (6/4/2011). Photo by Corey Raimond. (MBP list)

Meadow Vole falling prey to an American Kestrel in Frederick Co., Maryland (3/31/2019). (c) Amiel Hopkins, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC). Photo by Amiel Hopkins via iNaturalist. (MBP list)

Meadow Vole falling prey to a Mink in Frederick Co., Maryland (11/19/2022). No rights reserved. Photo by Andy Wilson via iNaturalist. (MBP list)


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