Dam It All: the Beaver’s DIY Guide to Winter Survival

Dam It All: the Beaver’s DIY Guide to Winter Survival

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Dam, dam, dam! via GIPHY This is the mantra that fills a beaver’s mind when the autumn air starts to chill and the days start to shorten. For the beaver’s adaptation to winter, survival is not, like most, to hibernate or migrate. No, the industrious beaver’s solution is to engineer the ultimate winter shelter and, you guessed it, it involves a dam. In this, the third of our winter wildlife series, we bring you the beaver’s DIY guide to winter survival in 5 easy steps. Step 1: Buy the necessary tools Well, if you’re a beaver, you can skip this step. Lucky for them, they are born with all the tools necessary to build the ultimate winter shelter - their bare hands and their teeth! Beavers' paws are especially adapted…
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New Year’s Party Quiz: Test Your Hibernation Savvy

New Year’s Party Quiz: Test Your Hibernation Savvy

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How do wildlife celebrate the New Years? Well, it goes something like this….10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, zzzzzzz. Yes, that’s right - they’re sleeping! Hibernating Fox by Carrie Jensen When it comes to the New Year, we humans have a rather strange way of celebrating. We go out in the freezing cold, party horns in one hand and libations in the other, to wait for a huge ball to drop out of the sky and announce midnight with a big bang and fireworks; meanwhile, the rest of the natural world is hiding away inside cozy dens hibernating and waiting for a more sensible time to celebrate - spring! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F9FXdLcrkss In this, the second of our winter wildlife series, we will be exploring the wonders of…
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5 Fun Facts About Mule Deer

5 Fun Facts About Mule Deer

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You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, but do you recall your local mule deer at all? In this winter wildlife blog series, we’ll be exploring some fun facts about the wildlife that live in our watershed and how they adapt to winter conditions. We’re kicking things off with 5 fun facts about Rudolph’s local cousin, the mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus). Courtesy Kelsey Fitzgerald, Truckee River Guide #1: They have really big ears! Mule deer may not have Rudolph’s red nose, but they do have an equally distinct characteristic - their big ears, which is why they’re called “mule” deer. They also have a black-tipped tail, which makes them easy to distinguish from whitetail deer. #2: Their antlers can grow up to ¼” per day. Just like reindeer,…
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