Hello Cascadia Wild Winter Volunteers,
Another great week of camera trips! Volunteers visited McCubbins #1 and #2, Government Camp East, Hazel Hollow #1 and #2, and Little Zig Zag.
Wildlife Camera Findings
A group of 6 deer passing by McCubbins #2
One of many bobcat sightings at McCubbins #2
A coyote in the distance at Hazel Hollow #2
A marten circles the bait at Little Zig Zag
Little Zig Zag was frequented by a red fox over the past few weeks. This is another interesting example of these animals using high elevation forest areas regularly.
Winter is in full swing and we love seeing all of the beautiful photos and tracking trip updates each week. Check out GoogleDocs to see all of the full sets from each camera.
Wildlife Camera Findings
A marten spent some time at Glade immediately after set-up.
We have seen a lot of bobcats on multiple cameras lately. This is unsurprising, considering the countless squirrel and hare photos we receive each week!
This individual at Yellowjacket East hung around for a while, leaving the camera and returning only a half hour later. The last shot of the bobcat leaving the area shows great detail of its tail and hind feet!
McCubbins #2 was also visited by a bobcat multiple times.
Deer and coyote at McCubbins #2 (not to mention all the squirrels!)
And finally, again at McCubbins #2...
That's a first! While it's true that the camera is near a water source, this is the first time we have ever seen a RIVER OTTER on our cameras before! Here are the full photos for scale:
As you can see, this otter was out and about at nine in the morning, which corresponds with their likelihood to be more active during the day in the winter (and more active at night in the summer.) Although otters spend the majority of their time in the water, they will travel considerable distances when relocating from one body of water to another.
We are thrilled to have added another species to our list of animals! Every week we learn more about Mt. Hood wildlife. Also, don't forget to check out GoogleDocs to see all of the full sets from each camera.
As snow continues to build up, so do our chances of finding rare signs! Can you identify a wolverine track? Look for these identifying track features:
• Typical mustelid structure, with 5 toes on all feet
• Front: 4-7.5 inches long x 4-5 inches wide
• Hind: 3.5-4 inches long x 4-5 inches wide
• Thickly furred feet often cause tracks to look indistinct
Wolverines leave a very unusual trail pattern with lines of footprints at an angle to the direction of travel. How do they move to leave such a pattern? Watch this illuminating video to see them in motion. (Thanks, Jen, for sharing this!) Check it out so you'll have a mental image to call up when observing tracks in the field.
Their unique loping gait leaves a distinctive trail pattern we know you'll be able to identify if and when the opportunity presents itself!
We're off to an incredible start! Already a Sierra Nevada red fox has visited the camera at Meadows. Here are the highlights, below. Watch our social media pages for more pictures, and check out the full sets on googledocs. We think they're especially fun this week!
About the updates
The pictures that you bring back from the wildlife cameras will be posted to Google Drive for you to look at. (For those of you who helped out last summer, the Flickr page will no longer be used.)
In addition, we will be sending you a weekly email with the highlights from both the cameras and the tracking surveys. You can also check out other photos on our facebook and instagram pages.
Almost exactly one year ago, we sent out an email that concluded with photos of wolverines and wolves, and a hopeful wish that "one day soon we would see these two animals return to Mount Hood." HOW AMAZING that we were able to check one of these off our list this year! What we have found this season has been truly momentous and our volunteers are to thank for that.
We are finishing out the summer season with a few more beautiful shots of some of our frequent camera visitors:
California Ground Squirrel
Red Tailed Hawk
Sierra Nevada Red Fox
Summer Wildlife Surveys
Winter Wildlife Surveys
Wolverine Tracking Project