What’s happening right now…
Keeping you up-to-date on what’s happening in research, in conservation and in the wild right now
Harlequin ducks are leaving their winter home on British Columbia’s coastline. They are heading into the Rocky Mountains, where they will breed on the banks of fastrunning mountain rivers. The harlequin is the only North American duck species that migrates east-west rather than north-south.
In cities and rural areas across the country, raccoons are having and raising kits. Young raccoons develop bandit masks at about 10 days old — often before their eyes are even open.
Northern white-tailed deer fawns are being born throughout Eastern Canada. Does will leave fawns alone for hours at a time, returning a few times a day to provide food. (See In Focus, page 6.)
The migration of the painted lady butterfly is well underway. These colourful insects have more erratic migration patterns than other butterflies. But some years, thousands of them migrate north into Canada to breed. They have been sighted as far north as Baker Lake, Nunavut.
To learn more about what’s going on in the wild, check Hinterland Who’s Who at hww.ca.
The end of lobster season doesn’t only mark a big moment in fishermen’s calendars in the Maritimes. It’s also timed to the beginning of moulting season, which is when lobsters shed their hard shells and mate. Female lobsters can carry live sperm for up to two years.
Eastern grey squirrels start their second annual mating period throughout Eastern Canada. Females usually bear kits in sheltered nests inside hollow trees or in leaf nests. Males have nothing to do with them after mating.
Japanese scientists study “Lyuba,” a female woolly mammoth calf who drowned during a river crossing about 40,000 years ago. Mud preserved her body until it was discovered by a Russian hunter in 2007.