Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Let It Snow 1

As the snow flew late on January 28, 2014, I knew it would be a great opportunity to photograph some snowy scenes at the Museum--snow is a pretty rare occurrence here, but lately, we've had quite a bit of it!  Even though I didn't get a chance to get out with my camera until the 31st, there was still plenty of snow on the ground.  Take a look at the waterfall, with it's bright crown of snow and icicles inside and out:
Even the pond was frozen:
Most of the animals on our Outdoor Trail seemed to be right at home in the snow--if anything, many of the animals seemed to be even more active than usual.  For example, the gray fox, who normally naps a lot, seemed pretty excited to be up and around in the snow....
The red wolves were also very active.  Canids rely heavily on their sense of smell--so the wolves were sniffing everywhere.  I wonder what the snow smelled like to them!
One of the things I like about snow is that you can find interesting animal signs...like these wolf tracks.  The top track is facing one direction, and it looks like another wolf walked nearly on top of that track going the opposite direction:
Other signs in the snow include scat--or you might just call it "poop."  Can you guess who left this scat in the snow?
Yep, it's from deer:
Other animals seemed oblivious to the snow, and it was pretty much "business as usual."  The beavers, with their thick water repellant coats seemed to take everything in stride--this one is enjoying a twig snack:
Our coyote was out romping in the snow....
....and received a special treat--a large chew-toy to play with in the snow.  Our animal keepers routinely give enrichment items to our animals to stimulate natural behaviors.
Hope you had a chance to play in the snow, too!  That's all for now....more off the beaten path in two weeks.
Cheers,
Lisa




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