GETTING IN TOUCH WITH NATURE -- Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves
of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." ~ Rachel Carson
You'll often read that moose are solitary animals, but my experience dispells that. I have seen bulls hanging out with bulls and bulls hanging with moms and young babies in mid summer and not just during the rutting season. They aren't herd animals, but they can be social at times of the year when "experts" would tell you they are solitary.
This is a re-post from 2014 with photos added through 2016.
The mother moose pictured here is a regular around where I spend the summer and fall. She feels like a special neighbor to me. These pics were taken about a mile from my cabin last night. The sun had gone down and it was sprinkling. Last week they were in the meadow even closer to my place. They were grazing with a deer nearby. Right after these photos were taken, I saw a large, gorgeous bull elk crossing a stream and running into the forest. I read where throughout continental Europe, what we call a moose has often been known as the "elk."
DID YOU KNOW?
According to EarthJustice.org, "Warming temperatures have led to an explosion of white-tailed deer population in northern Minnesota, which carry a parasitic worm that is deadly to moose. The worm damages the moose’s central nervous system, leaving it weak, disoriented and susceptible to predation. Global warming is also allowing dog ticks to expand northward in Maine, which hurts the moose population of the Northeast." [source]
More Moose Pics From Colorado
I think the moose antler I found in May 2017 was from the moose pictured above and below! The moose photos were from the same area as I found the antler and this moose lives year round in the area.
A little tiff between cormorants today.
The water at Belmar Park in Lakewood is getting too much algae it seems. Some stretches of water are pea soup looking. I hope someone in the city will look into it. This Black-Crowned Night Heron was a patient hunter. Each step across the small log was taken with the slowest movement, while his eyes were glued on a target I never did see. He could hold perfectly still for much longer than I could.
On my drive to Crested Butte to deliver my new children's book, FOR ALL THE ANIMALS, to the Rumors Coffee & Tea House for them to sell, I stopped to capture some of the gorgeous surroundings.
These plauteau pikas and are a keystone species. They are known as “ecosystem engineers” in that their foraging helps promote the diversity and distribution of various plant species and nutrients. Without them the birds would have no safe places to roost or raise young. Pikas also are the primary food source for birds of prey and carnivorous mammals such as weasels, foxes, wolves, and bears. If the pikas disappear, these animals will lose a valuable food source that they depend on for survival.
Update: It's September 2022 and I haven't seen one pica this summer. A 2014 study found that extinction rates for American pikas have increased five-fold in the last 10 years while the rate at which the pikas are moving up mountain slopes has increased 11-fold.
This article suggests they are learning to adapt to climate change: https://www.hcn.org/articles/wildlife-pikas-are-adapting-to-climate-change
The company I use for this website is Weebly and for some unknown reason random photos of mine appear throughout my postings unrelated to what I uploaded. If a fox appears on a blog about a moose or some other animal or photo unrelated to the blog, you'll know why! It's unfixable.