With the support of VLT and MCHT
A happy and safe new years to all!
Highlights – otters, CBC, Seal camera on Seal Island
Upcoming Events – “Owls are easy, otters are easier” - Every weekend is great to be outdoors in Maine, but only two weekends are copyrighted as “Great Maine Outdoor Weekends”. One of those weekends is 2nd weekend in February – the 12th, 13th, and 14th – and this year VLT and MCHT are teaming up to offer a wonderful night of slides and discussion about the Otters and Owls of Vinalhaven, followed the next morning with an animal tracking walk on one of the island’s preserves.
On Friday February 12th @ 7pm at the Washington School/Town Hall we’ll be presenting our non-award winning, mind numbing slide show “Owls are easy, otters are easier: Year-round animal tracking on Vinalhaven” to be followed the next morning (Saturday February 13th for those who can’t figure it out) with a tracking walk/snowshoe (come on snow!) most likely in the Basin. We’ll meet at Skoog at 9:30am for that one. See you there!
|fat and with fish scales on it's back?|
|wait - there are three?|
|nope, there are 4!|
These are good questions unless you are looking for answers. Whatever the case may be its fun to have these 4 continuing the tradition of group bathroom visits at Old Harbor Pond. And giving us just the tiniest of views into their lives, even if it concentrates on the last stage of their digestive systems- “the movement of spraint”.
|I think they are aware of the camera|
photo by Don Reimer
|first Clark Island otter photo - startled|
|went back to sniffin' quickly|
And so I took a break during the CBC to put the ol’ camera up for a couple of days at the “coolest” latrine I found (judgment) and returned a few days later to see what we captured. Otter photos were collected and not surprisingly the otter (or otters) did not look like they were used to having their photo taken. I’m not sure what happens when the camera goes off – a sound? It’s infra-red I think in lighting, but whatever the case may be the otter knew the camera was there right away.
|is this the same dude as....|
|...this slimy fellow?|
And, as is my yearly tradition I will
now complain about missing the first significant snow/ice pellet storm that
would result in decent tracking. Visiting mom, Erik and Julius (we miss you Aunt Missy!) in South
Carolina is worth it even though it is a little too hot for me. Can’t wait to
get back home! Save some snow for me!
photo by Erik Gentalen
|Beard and Binoculars|
photo by Erik Gentalen
Happy and healthy new years to all! Happy exploring in 2016!