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>Clark’s Nutcracker

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> On the morning of February 13th Phil Wallace of Spillimacheen watched flocks of 10 to 20 Clark’s Nutcrackers flying up from the wetlands. He said it lasted for about 30 minutes  and estimatedt  300 plus birds flew by his home and landed in some Douglas Fir trees about 500 feet above the river. At irregular [&hellip

>White-tailed Deer

| diet, White-tailed Deer, winter habitat

> White-tailed Deer named from the white underside of its bushy tail,  which it flashes to warn of danger. The Columbia River Wetlands with its patchwork landscape of dense thickets, open grass glades and water, provides excellent habitat for White-tailed Deer.  In winter whitetails eat mostly twigs of woody plants and cured herbs. So the cottonwood and [&hellip

>Riparian Habitat Enhancement

| Cottonwood, Restoration, Riparian

> Wayne Stetski, EK Conservation Program & Andi Dzilums,  Fairmont Hot Springs helping students with tree planting. Photo by Bob Jamieson Last spring the Columbia Wetland Stewardship Partners joined forces with Fairmont Hot Springs Resort to restore riparian habitat along a portion of the Columbia River headwaters. Nearly three hundred Cottonwood saplings were planted by 50 students from Windermere [&hellip

>World Wetlands Day February 2nd

| forests, International wetlands

> Cottonwood forests of the Columbia Wetlands provide key habitat for a number of wildlife species  The Columbia Wetlands are recognized for their international significance. The 180-kilometer Columbia Wetlands represent a remnant ecosystem of once vast interior wetlands. The interwoven river channels and wetlands are a primary source of fresh water for the Pacific Northwest and provide critical nesting [&hellip

>Muskrat

| Muskrat, track adataptions

> Muskrat in open water near Athalmer, BC The muskrat’s name comes from the two scent glands found near its tail which gives off a strong “musky” odor. They emanate this scent when they need to communicate, mate or to ward off intruders in their territory. Muskrats spend much of their time in the water and [&hellip

>Wintering Elk

| browsing, deep snow, elk, winter habitat

> Ninety percent of the elk in the Upper Columbia basin  winter in or near the wetlands Winter is a critical season for elk. Particulary for the bulls that enter the winter after an exhausting fall rut. A long winter with dep snow can mean starvation or make elk so weak they become easy pickins [&hellip

>Swivel Ears

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> Snow accumulation at higher elevations force Mule Deer into the lower Columbia River Valley, where they can feed on grass. Douglas-fir, saskatoon and willows for the winter. One of the Mule Deer’s most distinct features is its big “mule-like” ears. Each ear rotates independently like a scanning radar. Without this early warning system, the Mule Deer could [&hellip

>Stories in the Snow

| Coyote, elk, Tracks, Weasle

> One of the fun things to do this time of year is to go into the wetlands looking for animal tracks in the snow. Pictured here are tracks of a coyote and weasel that cross paths but what is the strange design over their tracks?   The design was made by an elk slipping [&hellip

>Volunteers observing and recording birds in the Columbia Wetlands

| monitoring. birds, volunteers

> Every year since 1978, volunteers have participated in Christmas Bird Counts (CBC) in the Columbia Valley. It is part of the longest-running wildlife census in the world. There is a specific methodology to the CBC, but everyone can participate. The counts are conducted on any one day between December 14 and January 5 inclusive. [&hellip

>River Otters

| contaminants, kokanee salmon, mollusks, otters, pikeminnows

> Observations of River Otters in the Columbia Valley have been increasing. The one pictured here was seen swimming in open water off the main river channel below Wilmer, BC. Otters rely upon the presence of clean, unpolluted water for their food, primarily fish. The ones in the Columbia Valley feed mainly on Northern Pikeminnows [&hellip

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