Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.

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Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snow Shoe Hares in Bower Woods

      Yesterday I went for a walk through Bower Woods which is a park area in  a ravine made by Piper Creek. This area is heavily wooded with old growth spruce and some poplar. It was heavily grazed before it became parkland in the city of Red Deer. 

     Yesterday I was pleased to see all kinds of evidence of snow shoe hare in the area. There has not been any evidence of snow shoe hare for some years. I know that it's the end of the peak cycle for snow shoe hares and that they peak in isolated areas after the more non fragmented areas. I didn't see a hare but there was all kinds of evidence...tracks, droppings and bark taken off young poplars.

     So I hope this time that one or two are left during the low part of the the cycle.

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