We have been quiet recently, but only because we have been busy in the field! And we have some great news to share: 3 new colonies of Vancouver Island Marmots have been documented!
The best part is we did not establish these colonies – they were founded by marmots dispersing from colonies we reestablished earlier. The colonies are small, but there are adults and pups at each them. Two of the colonies in inside Strathcona Provincial Park, and the third is north of Lake Cowichan.
Below are 3 of the yearlings we released to Haley Lake Ecological Reserve earlier this summer. They have been moving about the colony, and are now spreading out a little, but they did stick together for quite awhile! Photo by Adam Taylor.