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Snow stories December 7, 2012

Filed under: ecology,Musings,wildlife — bisonquest @ 10:26 am
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After hauling firewood into the house, making fires in each of our outbuildings, plowing roads, slogging through snow to feed the buffs, and sliding across the driveway on ice, some days I have a hard time finding the upside of a snowstorm.  So I take a walk through the meadow covered with a white blanket of snow, watch the white flakes drift to the ground, wrap myself in the hushed silence of a snow filled world, and let the peace of my seemingly empty world envelope me.  Such a peaceful world.

But tracks are all around me – unfolding tales of curiosity and survival, the hunter and the hunted.  They tell of coyotes looking for food, ermine following mice, squirrels scampering from tree to tree, a cottontail scurrying from haystack to chicken house (they know where the food is), dusky grouse nibbling the doug fir buds, even the flight of the great horned owl as her wings sweep the snow.  Activity everywhere I look.  Snow stories.  Reminding me that this isn’t really a peaceful world at all.

One of our resident cottontails who lives by the chicken house.  Safe from coyotes.  Bunnies aren't dumb.

One of our resident cottontails who lives by the chicken house. Safe from coyotes. Bunnies aren’t dumb.

 

Spring? in the Montana mountains June 7, 2009

Filed under: Musings — bisonquest @ 1:38 pm

Arrowleaf balsamroot and a Montana mountain spring.

Yesterday afternoon we went out to the meadows to burn slashpiles of dead wood and branches that we stacked during the summer, and I snapped this perfect example of a Montana mountain spring.  If I had been willing to brave the weather in the morning, I could have caught the snow blanketing the ground and the flowers.  But, alas, I behaved like a wimp and didn’t stir myself outside until the snow had pulled back from the meadows…. and the flowers.

 

Bison Quest Turf Wars May 31, 2009

Filed under: ecology,Musings,wildlife — bisonquest @ 6:54 pm

I was visiting with one of our guests and she made a statement that set me to thinking. Her comment was, “It’s so peaceful and quiet at the camp – none of the strife and noise of the outside world.” While it’s a common concept that nature is peaceful and quiet (and it’s a great marketing ploy) as a wildlife biologist in charge of facts, I needed to bring some reality into this statement.  Sooo……. I’m going to start a little series over the next week or two comparing our Bison Quest camp here at Wild Echo, with the big cities that many of our guests live in. Let’s just see if, indeed, Wild Echo Bison Reserve really is a place of quiet with a peaceful population who all get along. And we’re going to start with something that all of you in the big cities know as….. turf wars!

You say you have drive by shootings and gangs arguing over who can control what part of town. Well – here at camp we have some bird feeders and right now the feeder full of thistle seeds is getting downright dangerous.  Today, we’re featuring the Pine Siskin gang.  Like any self respecting gang, the Siskin gang is experiencing dissension within the ranks – which leads to aerial confusion as the gang members jockey for position.

Dissension in the ranks

Dissension in the ranks

Leads to aerial confusion

Leads to aerial confusion

There's one in every crowd - the Peacenik - who gets along with everyone.

There's one in every crowd - the Peacenik - who gets along with everyone.

 

 
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