If you’ve been following us on Facebook or Twitter, you may remember our post on “Is that a Marmot or a rock?” Now we have a more challenging edition for you, in one of our favourite games: Where’s the Marmot?
Here’s the original picture from Crew Leader Mike Lester at Mt Washington. Answer below the picture, so don’t scroll down if you don’t want spoilers!
Find it? Center of the frame sitting on a large rock.
But if you thought that was too easy, this one will challenge you! Warning, as before the answer is posted below, so don’t scroll below the picture if you don’t want spoilers. This photo is by Adam Taylor from Steamboat Mountain:
Here’s the same picture, cropped to make it a bit easier:
Found it yet?
Hidden away in the rocks is just the way the marmots like it! A clear view of potential predators and lots of escape routes to get away quickly. This is an untagged yearling, and its presence is great news for the Steamboat colony!
During this flight we were primarily using radio telemetry and looking for tracks in the snow to find marmots that had woken up from hibernation, and was focused on the southern colonies. But the crew also used the opportunity to install a feeder at Steamboat Mountain on the Clayquot Plateau.
Alan, the Bamfield Marmot, is awake and active as he was detected using radio telemetry! So were Sylvia and Quarry, two pioneer marmots. The crew saw marmots at Mt Arrowsmith, but they did not have transponders, so we’ll have to check on up them later to find out who they were. A little marmot mystery!
The marmots are getting active! More to updates to come.
The snow pack in the southern Nanaimo Lakes region is low this year. While there's still snow on the mountain tops as you can see in the photos, usually there is a lot more. For marmots, right now it means access to vegetation is little easier. But we'll hope for some rain this summer to keep the mountains green right into the fall. Both these photos were taken this Sunday in the Nanaimo Lakes region. ... See MoreSee Less
Hulk lives! Yesterday the field team visited Mt Arrowsmith, and were able to confirm a number of marmots were active, including one of the largest wild Vancouver Island marmots we’ve ever met. Last summer, Hulk weighed in at an impressive 6.2 kg (approximately 14 pounds). That’s … very large for marmot.
This soon after finishing hibernation, Hulk is likely considerably down from his mid-season weight, but hopefully he’ll put the pounds back on over the next few months. We also noticed an unidentified marmot hanging around Hulk, who we suspect may be his mate. Let’s hope so! ... See MoreSee Less