Beautiful photo Alena! It was a great pleasure to have you join us, and we very much looking forward to seeing more of your photos! ... See MoreSee Less
I am so pleased to be able to share this photo with you all. Vancouver Island Marmots are endemic to only a few mountains on Vancouver Island (found nowhere else on earth!). 15 years ago,...
Mixed news today. At Haley Ecological Reserve, we lost 4 marmots to a predator. 😓 We'll be examining the remains to learn what we can. We know that marmots are prey for a number of animals, and this is part of nature. Of course, it is hard to lose any marmots, but it has still been a good year for them overall.
That is in evidence at Mt Washington today, where researcher Megan Wilkins caught this pup peaking out at her. Thanks for brightening our day Megan! ... See MoreSee Less
Our wandering Vancouver Island marmot is on the move again. Alan was found at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre in 2015. For the record, Bamfield is a long way from our marmot's typical mountain habitat. With the help of staff and students, we successfully relocated Alan to a nice colony on Green Mountain.
Alan, however, had other ideas. Over the past 2 summers, he has taken quite the tour of the Nanaimo Lakes marmot colonies, and led our staff on a merry chase. He fooled us again this summer. We were sure he had *finally* settled down. But no. He is on the move again! At least he is staying in typical marmot habitat, which is great.
Keep being you Alan, just stay safe out there. One day you'll find that perfect marmot and settle down. Please? ... See MoreSee Less