a year of pond
December 29, 2020 6:13 PM   Subscribe

 
Very peaceful to watch. What was up with the spike on that doe's knee, though? It almost looked like bone poking through, but she was walking fine so it can't be that.
posted by tavella at 6:24 PM on December 29, 2020 [1 favorite]


The nocturnal run at the camera around 4:30 is awesome.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:33 PM on December 29, 2020 [5 favorites]


oh thank you, that was so beautiful (i needed that)
posted by supermedusa at 6:33 PM on December 29, 2020 [9 favorites]


Loved watching that beaver keep at it.

What animal is this at 4:46?
posted by Corduroy at 6:42 PM on December 29, 2020


What animal is this at 4:46?

Deer, as far as I can tell.

Night deer. The most mysterious kind. ;)
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:48 PM on December 29, 2020 [4 favorites]


And I say that because I once had a jump scare from a random deer walking out of some trees at night, just doing boring deer things. I may have screamed in momentary surprise/terror. Turns out I scared it by screaming.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 6:52 PM on December 29, 2020 [1 favorite]


The sound is so good! The bears so fat, the deer so fine, the fox sublime! Speckled fawn! Hooray! The wolves always working. Beaver snacking. Great little film!
posted by Oyéah at 6:54 PM on December 29, 2020 [20 favorites]




Beaver at 0:20, gazing skyward, dismayed to see yet another April snowfall: “It’s just like that Prince song."
posted by theory at 7:11 PM on December 29, 2020 [6 favorites]


From the same organization, video of wolves chowing down on blueberries, which apparently they love. Over 80 percent of their diet in July for some wolves.
posted by tavella at 7:12 PM on December 29, 2020 [17 favorites]


This is great! Beaver dams (and especially beaver dam complexes) are incredible ecological nodes. Just watch the vegetation growth on the downstream side of this dam, for example, and all the wildlife that utilize it.
posted by Dip Flash at 7:15 PM on December 29, 2020 [6 favorites]




From the same organization, video of wolves chowing down on blueberries, which apparently they love. Over 80 percent of their diet in July for some wolves.

My pug learned how to pick blueberries from the bushes in our backyard so I guess she could survive in the wild, at least in summer.
posted by perhapses at 7:23 PM on December 29, 2020 [4 favorites]


Was mildly surprised to see no human-with-canoe.
posted by MillMan at 7:32 PM on December 29, 2020


This part made me laugh.
posted by veggieboy at 7:34 PM on December 29, 2020 [5 favorites]


On another Beaver Dam in Voyageurs, and big beaver dams in general.
posted by dinty_moore at 7:36 PM on December 29, 2020 [3 favorites]


So lovely! Thank you for posting!
posted by merriment at 7:40 PM on December 29, 2020


My favorite part is suddenly: heron.
posted by bixfrankonis at 7:46 PM on December 29, 2020 [9 favorites]


This was seriously so soothing, thank you
posted by EatTheWeak at 8:07 PM on December 29, 2020 [2 favorites]


What a fabulously relaxing and beautiful video! I loved the mysterious creature at 0:27.

I was surprised how similar the landscape is to the part of Canada I live in. We have the same animals, the same trees, the same snow and ice well into April...northern Minnesotans, clearly you are my American cousins.
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 8:10 PM on December 29, 2020 [4 favorites]


This was great, I needed this.

I didn't see a loon, but I'm pretty sure I heard one. (That's how you know it's Minnesota!)
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 8:57 PM on December 29, 2020 [1 favorite]


The red fox at 5:00 blew me away. So gorgeous.
posted by CarrotAdventure at 9:38 PM on December 29, 2020 [3 favorites]


The video of wolves eating blueberries is great! Reminded me of my childhood dog who would sneak into the raspberry bushes where we couldn't go, and walk out chewing bunches of them.
posted by fifteen schnitzengruben is my limit at 9:49 PM on December 29, 2020 [1 favorite]


I’m a little amazed by the blueberry-eating wolves. And the parents regurgitating blueberries for their pups is also pretty unexpected.

Wolves are awesome.
posted by darkstar at 9:57 PM on December 29, 2020 [1 favorite]


Are there coyotes there? I'm realizing I'm curious about how the wolves and coyotes coexist.
posted by lab.beetle at 10:00 PM on December 29, 2020


Here's another incredible video from the same organization of a wolf mother rescuing her puppies from a flooding wolf den.
posted by Corduroy at 10:51 PM on December 29, 2020 [1 favorite]


But yikes don't read the comments if you want to stay in mom saving pups world
posted by Corduroy at 10:53 PM on December 29, 2020


This is wonderful, thank you.
posted by lazaruslong at 10:59 PM on December 29, 2020


lab.beetle: Their ranges do overlap, but wolves are rather intolerant of coyotes and other canids hanging around. They also tend to prefer different habitats in Minnesota, with wolves found mainly in the thickly forested north and coyotes more common farther south, in more open landscapes, and areas closer to cities & towns.

Wolves and coyotes do interbreed in North America, though, with the most genetic admixture in eastern Canada and less as you move west.
posted by theory at 11:02 PM on December 29, 2020 [3 favorites]


Bear butt.
posted by mandolin conspiracy at 12:44 AM on December 30, 2020 [1 favorite]


Very cool compilation! We have set up game cameras on several beaver dams in Atlanta (still photos, not videos). Although we do not have wolves or bears, we have seen coyotes, foxes, deer, raccoons, possums, otters, and of course beavers as well as great blue herons, mallard and wood ducks, Canada geese, various song birds, brown watersnakes, and one great big snapping turtle. Beaver dams are wildlife highways!

We sometimes see people, too. Some like the guy in this video who clearly know the camera is there, but also sometimes people just using the dam to cross the stream.
posted by hydropsyche at 6:27 AM on December 30, 2020 [3 favorites]


Love this - just felt stress flowing out of me watching and hearing the birdsong.
posted by leslies at 7:29 AM on December 30, 2020 [1 favorite]


so many enjoy the toil of the beaver
who work with sticks and mud and rock
let's give thanks to the beaver
for they do make the sidewalk
posted by waving at 7:34 AM on December 30, 2020 [6 favorites]


That was so lovely and soothing. The wolf mom saving her cubs video - not soothing. But the loud protests from the cubs made me smile - some things are so universal.

Thank you for sharing!
posted by widdershins at 7:46 AM on December 30, 2020 [2 favorites]


Anytime I see bears walking around, in my mind they're just going "Ho-dee-do-dee-do..."
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 8:50 AM on December 30, 2020 [12 favorites]


Is that the same bear every time?
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:47 AM on December 30, 2020


MIDNIGHT SNOW OTTERS FTW
posted by I_Love_Bananas at 10:51 AM on December 30, 2020 [17 favorites]


hypnotic. thank-you.
posted by docpops at 6:31 PM on January 1


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