The air is chilling, which means two things for our furry friends: mating and feasting. For hikers in the right spot, all the world’s a stage—and these players take their cues from the Bard himself.
BIG BROWN BAT
To eat, or not to eat? That is the question. And the answer? ’Tis always yes, of course. We will consume our weight in small beetles Then through the winter you and I will sleep.
3.3-mile Lewis Falls Trail, Shenandoah National Park, VA
My bounty is as boundless as the desert, My horns as tough; the more I fight for thee, The more I dominate the other rams— hold on. Is that another adversary I see?
6.2-mile Lawn Lake Trail, Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Shall I compare thee to a stormy day? Thou art more prickly and more angry Rough winds do shake the forest leaves Let us repair to a hollow tree!
Trailless Sage Creek Area, Badlands National Park, SD
If music be the food of love, play on; My little, wide ears, that music hearing, Will perk up so high— oh look, a lemming!
Bering Land Bridge National Preserve, AK
I have eaten the twigs that were in your pile— what do you mean this is supposed to be Shakespeare?
9.5-mile Cruiser Lake Trail, Voyageurs National Park, MN Think you’re a better poet? Send your own critter rhymes to email@example.com for a chance to be featured.