Even with ears up and eyes peeled Mom still assumes the role of crossing guard for two adolescent Mule Deer. Great Sand Dunes National Park, 2015. So much to learn so little time.
Although the White Crowned Sparrows have long migrated south and the green grass has turned to gold it’s fun to look back at remember them singing away and look forward to their return next spring.
The squirrels in the forest we sure making a racket this day and for good reason as this Pine Marten was on the prowl.
Even at 6′ tall and weighing over 1,000 lbs this American Bison: Bison bison keeps an eye on us as we hike through their terrain in the morning light.
Out on a hike amongst the fully blooming rabbit and sage brush we noticed numerous holes along the trail. Were they Marmot or perhaps Badger. Finally near the end of the hike the question was answered when we spotted this Badger off in the distance.
It was nice to see this Badger out foraging.
Badgers dig after and feed on ground squirrels and pocket gophers, and also eat toads, frogs, birds, snakes, insects and insect grubs, wasps, bees, and worms. They sleep through most of the winter in a den, spending about 29 hours at a time in a state of torpor, rousing briefly, and then sleeping again. In torpor, which is not true hibernation, the Badger’s heartbeat slows to about half the normal rate and its temperature drops.
Enjoy your winter Mr. badger and we will see you after your Torpor.