King of the morning sun
King of the morning sun
A bison roams the golden grasses at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge in Colorado, one of our largest urban wildlife refuges. Only about 20 minutes from the Denver airport, take the 11-mile Wildlife Drive and keep your eyes peeled for bison, mule and white-tailed deer, hawks and waterfowl. Near the visitor center, you can learn more about the refuge’s population of endangered black-footed ferrets and the current conservation work. Whether you’re passing through Colorado or you call this place home, the refuge is yours to explore. Photo by Ian Shive, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Fall is a wonderful time of year. It’s the season for crisp mornings, colorful leaves, football and pumpkin spice everything. Autumn also reminds us of school pictures. You’d dress up nice, line up with your class, strike a thoughtful pose and try not to look goofy in front of a random background. This young fox at Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska knows what we’re talking about. Photo by Kristine Sowl, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
It never hurts to have backup. Bobcats tend to be solitary cats, but it looks like this one has a friend. Excellent climbers and swimmers, bobcats can live up to 14 years and have the greatest range of all native North American wildcats. They are very adaptable to a wide range of habitat, making their dens among rocks and caves. Fierce hunters, they’ve been known to pounce on much bigger animals, including deer. Photo by by Alek Quintero, Bureau of Land Management.
To celebrate the fifth anniversary of this blog, I post my favourite pictures of the last year. Today, the results of my various forest excursions.
The lighter side
There’s just something special about this Colorado sunset. A herd of bison moves across the grassy plain as the setting sun bathes the valley at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. The magnificent Rocky Mountains provide a dramatic backdrop to the last bit of light of the day. Open sunrise to sunset, walk the refuge’s 10 miles of trails or take the 11-mile Wildlife Drive in your vehicle to see bison, deer, hawks, waterfowl and more. Photo courtesy of Bob Gjestvang.
What are you looking at?
Oh, you’re really asking. Northern fur seals are known for the dense fur that covers their entire body, except their flippers. Fur seals have approximately 46,500 hairs per square centimeter, necessary to keep them warm in cold ocean waters. The northern fur seal is one of the few types of seals with external ears. These “eared” seals are found in the North Pacific and Bering Sea, both in the United States and Russia. The majority of them breed on Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge’s Pribilof Islands. Photo by Ryan Mong, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.