butterfly

Tiger Swallowtail

frog

Wood Frogs freeze solid in the winter

Critters:

mule and white-tailed deer (lots of them), coyote, moose, red squirrel, snowshoe hare, beaver, black and grizzly bears, cougars, weasels, skunks, porcupines, lynx, moles, mice, marmots, Richardson's and Columbian ground squirrels.

Birds:

evening grosbeak, pine grosbeak, black-capped and mountain chickadee, white and red-breasted nuthatch, common redpoll, junco, robin, goldfinch, pine siskin, purple finch, tree swallow, mountain bluebird, rufous hummingbird, killdeer, hawks, barred, great grey and saw-whet owls, stellar, grey and, blue jays, hairy & pileated woodpecker, raven, ruffed grouse, magpie, common snipe and Canada geese.

Insects:

mosquitoes, wasps, cluster flies, moths, bumble bees, bark beetles.

WILDLIFE in a WILD LAND

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all critters found here, just the ones I managed to take a picture of.

Black Bear
Black bear - coat can be brown to black

Blackbear track
bear-poop


Black Bear

  • Snout and face form a straight line in profile.

  • No shoulder hump.

  • Claws of front feet are short, curved and make little or no imprint in tracks.

  • Adults weigh from 45 to 200 kg (100 - 440 lbs)

  • Inhabit and den in low elevation forest areas. Enter dens in October and November. Come out in April. May come out for short periods during the winter.

  • Omnivorous (eat both plants and animals). Roots, berries, grass, insects, carrion and rodents.

  • Most active from evening to early morning.

  • Efficient tree climbers.

  • Man, grizzly bears and wolves are their only enemies.

bear 2 cubs

Cinamon coloured mother with black and brown cubs

Mule Deer
Mule Deer

White tailClick a file format below to view a video

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White tailed Deer - fawn

whitetail summer

White-tailed Deer summer

whitetail

White-tailed Deer winter

deer in spring
White tailed deer loosing its grey winter coat revealing tawny fur
 

hare
Snowshoe Hare

hare spring

Hare changing colour

young moose

Young Moose

Moose
Moose - female in spring (molting)

Elk
Elk - male (foreground), female (background)

bison

Bison

sheep
Female Bighorn Sheep

Sheep
Male Bighorn Sheep

Columbian Ground Squirrel
Columbian Ground Squirrel

Chipmunk

Chipmunk

squirrel
Red Squirrel's have a territory of 2.4 to 5 acres (1-2 hectares)

midden
Squirrel's burrow is burried under a trash heap of spruce or fir cone scales after seeds have been eaten

pica

Pica

bat

Sleeping bat

grizzly

grizzlytrack

grizzlydrawing

Grizzly Bear

  • Grizzlies have silver or light-tipped guard hairs on head, hump and back giving a shaggy appearance.

  • Distinct shoulder hump with short, rounded ears. Nose is pig-like

  • Claws of front feet are long, curved and are noticeably different from black bears.

  • They have poor eyesight, good hearing and very sensitive scent. They can smell a carcas many kilometres away

  • Adults weigh from 150 to 385kg (330 to 850 lbs)

  • Inhabit and den in low elevation forest areas, but roam open areas in the foothills and mountains. They enter dens in October and November. Come out in April. May come out for short periods during the winter.

  • Omnivorous (eat both plants and animals). Roots, berries, grass, insects, carrion and rodents, deer, moose and other bears.

  • Most active in early morning, evening and sometimes during the day.

  • Can run 65 kph for a short distance

  • Man is their only enemy

Cougar
Cougartracks

Cougar

  • Most active at sunrise and sunset
  • Primary food source is deer

  • Weight 65 to 90 kg (140 to 200 lbs), females are smaller at 40 to 60 kg (90 to 120 lbs)

  • Can travel up to 80 km in a day with a range up to 300 square km

  • Excellent vision

  • Very secretive and wary of people. the first human killed by a cougar in Canada occured in 2001

  • Can outrun a deer over a short distance

  • Tails are very long. They climb very well and can jump up to 18 metres

  • Inhabit the eastern slopes and foothills of the Rockies

Marmot
Hoary Marmot

Coyote
Coyote

fox1fox2fox3
Red Fox

Video of fox in winter

 

Birds

hawk

Hawk

March 1, 2007

pine siskin

Pine Siskin

Raven
Common Raven - inset (in flight)

raven in snow
Raven in the snow

grouse
Ruffed grouse

grousepoop
Grouse scat

grouse

Another Grouse

goose

Hear/see a goose - Windows
Hear/see a goose - Mac

pileated
Pileated Woodpecker

pileated hole
Pileated lunch

sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker

nuthatch
Nuthatch

steller's jay

Steller's Jay

bald eagle

Bald Eagle

pine grosbeak
Pine Grosbeak

evening grosbeak

Evening Grosbeak

great grey

Great Grey Owl

varied_thrush

Varied Thrush

sharp-shinned_hawk

Sharp-shinned Hawk

brown creeper

Brown Creeper

Insects

7-spot ladybug

7-spot ladybug

Black ground beetle

Black ground beetle (carabidae)

Spider

Spider

be

Honey Bee

. . . and a few not so wild

Horse_Mule
Horse and Mule

Bull
Bull

   

 

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