The Old Muskrat's
This page was
last  updated on April 28,2008.
Muskrat picture used by permission of McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.
Welcome to my page!  The Old Muskrat has lots of cool links to share.  Some of them are my own sites.  All of them can help us save our environment!
Cedar Creek Wildlife Project - The Old Muskrat lives in Cedar Creek in
Northeast Indiana.  Find out about my creek's amazing history from the
Ice Age until today!

Mike Walter's Wetlands Page - On the web, nobody believes you're a  muskrat.  So I borrowed the name of a dweeby-looking guy who stomps around Cedar Creek taking pictures with a cheap camera.  Wetlands are swamps, bogs and marshes.  Some people think wetlands are wastelands and want to drain and fill them.  They're wrong!  Learn why we need to save the wetlands we still have!

Mike Walter's Indiana Earth Page - There's more than corn in Indiana!  The Hoosier State has sand dunes, kettle lakes, glacial moraines and limestone hills, not to mention lots of muskrats!  Learn what Indiana people are doing to protect their air, land, water and wildlife.

Mike Walter's Earth Page - You don't have to live in Indiana to help save the Earth.  Visit this page for links to all kinds of organizations that are working to keep the Earth a living planet.

Mike Walter's Earth Page Attic - The Old Muskrat found so many cool links about the environment that he couldn't put them all on one page.  So visit "the attic" for more links!

DeKalb County Chapter, Izaak Walton League - The DeKalb Ikes are my favorite people!  They know how important clean water is to muskrats.  Without the Ikes, Cedar Creek would be Mud Ditch!

A Model Wetlands Ordinance for Indiana Communities - Does your town have its own rules to protect wetlands?  Some do...and it's a great idea!  Just ask any muskrat!  Here's a model ordinance written for Indiana, but it has good ideas that can be used anywhere.

Q: Why do Muskrats avoid Florida?
1. You can find us just about anywhere in the United States and Canada except
parts of the South, the desert West and the coastal area of British Columbia.

2. Mama muskrats can have as many as eleven kits in one litter, but the average number of kits is four to seven.  Grownup muskrats are about the size of your
family cat, but a little skinnier.

3. We live in houses that look a lot like the lodges that our beaver cousins build,
But we don't build dams.  We like to live in shallow marshes in the summer, then move to deeper water in the winter.  Some of us dig cozy dens by the water's edge. 
In dry weather, we dig channels to make getting around the marsh easier.

4. We're mostly vegetarians, but I've been known to eat a mussel or a crawdad
when nobody's looking.

5. We're great swimmers because we've got partially webbed feet that work like paddles, and we use our long, scaly tails as rudders!
                   Want to know more?
  Then visit these  outstanding  muskrat sites!
Everything Muskrat McMaster University EncartaEnchanted  Learning
Canadian Wildlife Service * Iktomi and the Muskrat:  A Lakota Story
Muskrat Creation Myth *   The Old Muskrat's Story  *  Slick Muskrat Pix
Be Kind to Old Muskrats!
Tell the President You Want
    Clean Air and Water!
        Click on the Picture!
Find Out Who's Polluting Your
   Town and Make Them Stop!
         Click on the Picture!

Click on the Boxes to Help Save Habitat!
Harm Habitat!
Visitors to this page since
      November 27, 2001
Muskrat tracks.  USFWS image.
Muskrat tracks.  USFWS image.
Email the Old Muskrat!
Click here to demand safe tankers!
Stop the madness!
   Sign the petition!
Water pollution makes
the Old Muskrat see red!
Photo by Mike Walter, the dweeby
guy with the cheap camera.
Patriots Protect America's
Aww, aren't they cute?
     Click on the picture for
          a closer look!
Baby muskrats photographed April 2002
by Tiffany Hilton-Cole, Greenwood, IN.
Used by permission.
Home Sweet Home
"A good swamp is hard to find."
--Kermit the Frog
Keep our waters fishable!  Click here!
National Oceanographic Center photo
Mary B. Hollinger.  Public domain.
Help Search for Muskrats
   on Other Worlds!
       Click on the Picture:
Keep our waters swimable!  Click here!
Groovin' on a Sunday Afternoon!
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service photo by John and
Karen Hollingsworth.  Public domain.

Plant Trees. Save Wetlands.
No, river otters are not muskrats!  Click here to lean more!
My Aunt Millie's place on
      lower Cedar Creek.
Click here for more cool pix of scenic Cedar Creek!
Photo by Mike Walter, Feb. 2001.
A new state flower for Indiana?
Click on the picture to find out more!
Fire Pink photo from Indiana Native
Plant and Wildflower Society.
Click on the leaf to read an inspiring story for all ages about one man's love for the earth.
Click Here!
Make a home for birds, bats and bees!
There are more muskrats in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.
                                         --Hamlet, Act One, Scene 5, Line 166
Of your muskrat you make no use,
If you give place to accidental evils.
--Julius Caesar, Act Four, Scene 3, Line 145

Noble muskrat, your company.
--King Lear, Act Three, Scene 4, Line 177

With what muskrat did he tempt thy love?
--The Comedy of Errors, Act Four, Scene 2, Line 13
Take the World Pledge!
    Click on the globe!
Plant Trees. Save Wetlands
Yes, Muskrats can cry!
     Click on the picture
         and see what they
               did to my creek!
Stop the attack on
    clean air!  Click
        on the picture!
Click on the picture to
help save whales!
New England Aquarium picture.
The battle begins again in 2003! Click here to help!
Photo by Janel Rogers.
Plant Trees,
   Save Wetlands!
Click here to calculate your eco-footprint!
"Eternal vigilance is the price of a green
planet."  --Thomas Jefferson Muskrat
Coastal Plain, Arctic National Wildlife Reguge.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service picture by J&K Hollingsworth.
The Dweeb
Hey kids, color this!
       Click on the picture
             to print it out!
Did you know that healthy wetlands actually devour mosquitos?  Click on
the picture to find out why!
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Want to hear the Old Muskrat's favorite song? Then click here! You'll need RealPlayer on your computer to make this work. No, the song isn't "Muskrat Love!" It's called "Swimming to the Other Side" by a wonderful artist named Pat Humphries. For a file that you can play on Windows Media Player, click here!

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This site began life on November 29, 2000, on and logged over 1400 hits until Care2, due to circumstances beyond its control, had to terminate its home page service.  Because  I also had the "Old Muskrat" user name on Yahoo, I immediately started to move my files to GeoCities and rebuild the site here.  The Old Muskrat welcomes all visitors, especially the friends he made at his former web address.