New pups in Strathcona
- Wednesday, 20 July 2016 10:04
What a relief for us after the hard winter in Strathcona Park! While Mike and Joey were releasing marmots, they spotted an unknown female with 2 wild born pups! The female has ear tags, but we can’t read them! But that’s alright, because all that really matters is the two wild-born pups playing on the rocks below her. Many thanks to Joey Chrisholm, who was able to catch a picture of the mom with one the pups!
First pups of the year spotted
- Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:16
UPDATE: Jordan sent these photos in of the pups! Original story below.
And one more …
Just in time for Canada Day, Jordan, a member of the Field Crew, spotted the first new-born pups of the year! The Crew hadn’t been able to locate Mystic this spring until Jordan spotted her with her 5 pups on June 28th.
Mystic has been all-star for the recovery of her species. Last year she had 6 pups, and now 5 again this year. For comparison, most Vancouver Island Marmots have 3 or 4 pups every other year.
Jordan took photos, and we’ll be sure to post them once she’s back from the Mountains. In meantime we’ll keep our fingers crossed that more pups are spotted as they start to emerge from their burrows in the summer!
5 Marmots Released to Mt Washington
- Monday, 27 June 2016 20:38
The first of our 2016 summer releases went smoothly today (June 27th) when 5 marmots from the Calgary Zoo were released to Mt Washington. There’s still 8 more marmots from the Calgary Zoo to be released, and a number more that will likely need to be translocated into suitable habitat, but its a great start! After the release into a nest box, the marmots are understandably a little skittish, but soon curiosity overcomes their fear, and they start to explore their new wild surroundings. Here’s the first of today’s marmots taking in the view before fully committing to emerging from the nest box.
Wild born marmots get names
- Friday, 24 June 2016 09:07
While we and the media have been focused on the sad news from the Strathcona area recently, we also have good news to share. The field crew has been busy with yearlings on Mt Washington. These wild marmots were born last year, and there is a healthy crop of them at Mt Washington!
We give them each a name selected from our “Name-a-Pup” contest. Here are the names handed out so far this year:
– Kirby, male
– Mildred, female
– Rex, male
– Tracker, male
– Shiloh, female
– Roy, male
– Willellen, female
– Daisy, female
You can enter the “Name-a-Pup” contest by adopting a marmot. Your gifts from the Adopt-a-Marmot program enable us to do the recovery work the marmots need. Thank you!