Nature Notes

9 Signs of Spring

1. The Robins have arrived 2. The leaves are budding open 3. The Gooseberry leaves are out 4. The Buffaloberry flowers are out 5. The Pussy Willows are blooming 6. Many songbirds are either dancing or nest building 7. The Yellow-Rumped Warblers are here 8. Swainson’s Hawks are here 9. The Dandelion flowers are blooming

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It’s Spring and Everyone is Hungry!

Early spring for the animals that overwinter in Alberta, is the time when access to food sources is most important. The non-hibernators, like Deer, Elk, Moose, Chickadees, Hare, Grouse, Fox, Coyote, Wolves, Lynx, Bobcat and Cougars have all been surviving on their summer fat from the abundant foods they found. They have also been browsing…

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Deer and Elk – It’s rut season!

Deer and Elk are in the mating season called the Rut. During the rut, cows and calves form harems with one or two mature bull Elk. The Deer Buck and Bull Elk have grown a large rack of antlers. Antlers serve two purposes. They indicate age, strength, stature and endurance of a male to survive,…

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What are the Bears doing now?

What are the Bears doing now? In November, the Female Bears who are pregnant or with 1st year cubs, have likely already found a den site and dug their den. Older Males and Young Bears may still be roaming in search of roots, dropped fruit, easy prey or hungry herbivores.   Where the ground is not…

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