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!