The Marmoteer – Online!
- Thursday, 10 November 2016 10:07
Followers of our work to recover the Vancouver Island Marmot have been receiving our annual newsletter the Marmoteer by mail. Now we’re happy to offer it as a online pdf file as well! This winter we’ll be working on an email distribution option – stay tuned! In this issue, find out more about our work to help the Strathcona population of marmots and meet our new Executive Director, Adam Taylor!
Download the 2016 Marmoteer!
Marmots heading to Hibernation: End of season check-ups underway
- Friday, 30 September 2016 14:42
It’s the end of September and many of the marmots are headed to hibernation (as our social media accounts!). Mike Lester and Wildlife Veterinarian Malcolm McAdie are doing final checkins on the marmots. At Castlecrag they found nice weather and active marmots, but it was clear that they were getting ready for a long winter’s nap. As the end of season approaches, the marmots stay very close to their burrow.
One of our marmots, Kirby was detected in a burrow on Castlecrag; a bit of a surprise since we released him on a different mountain! Admittedly, Kirby’s release site was reasonably close to Castlecrag, and it is great to see the marmots move around between these close colonies. Kirby is sharing Castlecrag with Johann, Shiraz, Daisy2, Howard, plus Mia and her pups, as well as an unknown male we suspect is there. A great marmot community!
Meanwhile on “P” Mountain, P Gal and Canoe are down already! We located their plugged burrow last week. The weather at “P” Mountain is cooler, but it was earlier than we expected. The Marmot plug their burrow with rocks to keep safe from snow or predators, and it looks like P Gal and Canoe are nicely tucked in for winter!
Here’s a close up of the marmot burrow, with a GPS for scale. Still not a lot to look at! But it will protect the marmots against winter weather and predators for 7 months.
Thanks to Mike Lester for these photos!
Farewell to our 2016 Field Crew
- Tuesday, 30 August 2016 09:51
As the summer comes to a close, it’s time to say farewell to many of our field crew, most of whom are returning to school. We’ll continue to post some of their photos and stories on here, and celebrate the tremendous amount of work they’ve put in this summer to care for the Vancouver Island Marmot and its habitat.
From left to right: Mike Lester, Noberto Pancera, Joey Chrisholm, Andrew Horsfield, Marina Gray, Jordan Cormack, and Cheyney Jackson. Not pictured are Malcolm McAdie (Wildlife Veterinarian), Alana Buchanan (Marmot Keeper), Kim Metz (Office Coordinator) and Adam Taylor (Executive Director)
Willellen and Rex
- Wednesday, 24 August 2016 10:55
Your gifts to the Foundation have made it possible for us to put the Vancouver Island Marmot back on a path towards recovery and away from extinction. One way we say “thank you” is by giving our donors a chance to name-a-pup in the fall.
Hollis is an new marmot mom at Mt Washington, and her children from last year are growing up fast, and are now playing an important role in rebuilding the Strathcona population. Willellen was the only female of Hollis’ 2015 litter. She loves to box with her brothers. Rex is very close to his sister Willellen and they were often found in the same burrow or boxing. Both were born on Mount Washington, but were moved into Strathcona Provincial Park.
Willellen and Rex’s mom Hollis at Mt Washington in May 2016.
- Tuesday, 16 August 2016 14:11
Here’s another newly named marmot from our 2015 name-a-pup contest: Fleming!
To be fair, Fleming isn’t a pup, but rather a year-old, but very shy marmot we missed last year. In fact, we weren’t looking for pups at all, but trying to get an update on Shiloh when we discovered Fleming. We believe Fleming is Shiloh’s brother – a great and happy surprise!
Unfortunately, Fleming is still too shy for the camera, so we don’t have any photos of him. Maybe next year!