Saturday morning, I was driving to Princeton, when I came over a hill I spotted a cow moose and yearling calf who were crossing the road at the bottom of the hill (just 200 yards away)! I immediately slowed down and braked, frantically reached for my camera, rolled down the window and hastily snapped some images as both animals trotted quickly into the woods. (Find the calf by the brush pile!)
The cow stopped and looked at the car for a moment, shook her head, then turned and trotted away. I was so busy looking in the woods that I nearly missed seeing a second yearling calf dithering about on the other side of the road, seemingly conflicted about crossing in front of my car. Fortunately, I noticed its movement and pointed the camera out the front windshield as it crossed the road. He barreled into the woods to catch up to the rest of the family.
Soon those yearlings will be on their own, as this family will be breaking up. The adult cow will be calving in late May or early June and before that event occurs she’ll be harassing the “teens” away to get out from her oversight.
Isn’t it amazing that this largest member of the cervid, or deer, family can be found in Massachusetts, the third most densely human populated state in the nation?!
To find out more about moose in Massachusetts, check out the MassWildlife moose page.
The Turtles are Coming posted on Aug 29
With a migration pattern that stretches thousands of miles, it is no surprise that Massachusetts is home to four types of turtles during the summer, all of them protected by local and international law. And while you probably know that sea turtles often frequent the Massachusetts beaches, can you identify them?
2014 DAR Agricultural Calendar: August posted on Aug 25
Augusts’ Massachusetts Agriculture Calendar Photo Contest winner was Cara Peterson, who photographed a high tunnel greenhouse at Flats Mentor Farm in Lancaster.
Not From Around Here: Green Crabs posted on Aug 22
As part of its work to assess salt marsh health, staff from the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (CZM) have frequently observed abundant green crabs, often burrowing in the banks of marsh creeks. This summer, CZM is examining the potential impacts of green crabs in salt marsh habitats, including the impact of burrowing activity.