Gophers are everywhere in this part of Northern California. The landscape is literally pockmarked with their holes. Their vision is poor, living mostly underground, finding food by smell and navigating with their exquisitely sensitive whiskers. They eat primarily grasses, shoots and roots sometimes pulling a … Continue readingHunting Herons at Point Reyes National Seashore
Along the southern edge of Glacier National Park lies a hidden gem. First, approaching from the west on Hwy 2 like most visitors, you just have to know where to find Goat Lick. Secondly, the parking lot and boardwalk on the south side of the … Continue readingGoat Lick
A single, high-pitched yelp pierced the silence. I spun around. A wild coyote stood next to my 80 pound Labrador, Tybee. They were inches apart. Both were frozen, each seemingly unsure of what the next move should be. The coyote’s posture was non-threatening; head down, … Continue readingPolite Suburban Coyote
Glacier National Park has been wildly successful in creating a culture of fear to protect people and bears. Nowhere else, to my knowledge, are tourists so bear aware. Bear spray is prominently for sale at all the stores, provided at all the rental cabins and … Continue readingIs Fear the Best Way?
After a breakfast that included fresh, local blueberries, Rob and I joined our guide to boat across Knight Inlet to Thompson Sound. Our destination is Trapper Rick’s cabin on the Kakweikan River where we hope to watch grizzly bears fishing. Knight Inlet is the longest … Continue readingLooking for Grizzlies along the Kakweikan River
We’d been watching several grizzly bears with cubs gorging on sedges near the water’s edge in Glendale Cove. There were also a couple of single adult bears foraging further back from the water, mid-way to the tree line in the estuary. In all, I could … Continue readingHow Many Bears are in that Pile?
I had only seen one loon on the lake since we arrived yesterday. Loons are gregarious birds who pair-bond for life. A lone loon can only mean one thing. The other is on a nest. In all of the years that I’ve been coming to … Continue readingSearching for a Loon