135 results for 'moose'

  • Tracking Tips: Hair - Hair! thumbnail

    Tracking Tips: Hair - Hair!

    by Susan C. Morse | Autumn 2016
    …from deer mice to moose – squeeze through. {image3} Consider the story the hair tells. The broken aspen stub pictured here poked well into a game trail traveled by an Ontario timber wolf. The hairs weren’t left recently, though. Fall foliage colors tell that it’s autumn, but the hairs would… Read More »

  • Tracking Tips: Nose Probes and Digs thumbnail

    Tracking Tips: Nose Probes and Digs

    by Susan C. Morse | Summer 2015
    …dangerous black bear and moose mothers I have accidentally confronted, she was in no way dangerous or inclined to be aggressive. People don’t much like skunks, probably because of their capacity to spray us with their malodorous and vile musk. Folks understandably complain about their depredations in the garden, occasional… Read More »

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    Lichens Break Down Prions

    by Todd McLeish | Autumn 2011
    …neurological disease fatal to moose, elk, and deer. First identified in the 1960s and detected in 19 states (including New York) and two Canadian provinces, chronic wasting disease is caused by abnormal prions, which are proteins that cause lesions in the animals’ brains. While there is no evidence that chronic… Read More »

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    Afloat in the Woods: Blazing the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

    by Dirk Van Susteren | Summer 2009
    …Rapid, Dead, Spencer Stream, Moose River, the West Branch of the Penobscot, and the Allagash. And the major lakes: Champlain, Memphremagog, Flagstaff, Moosehead, and Rangeley Lakes. Center and his wife, Kay Henry, a former owner of the Mad River Canoe Company, win much of the credit for establishing the Northern… Read More »

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    Tracking Tips: Putting Food Up

    by Susan C. Morse | Summer 2017
    …rental-cabin window on Big Moose Lake in the Adirondacks. Repeated trips of the red squirrel across the window screen to a tear in its corner tipped me off that something was up. There, inside the screen, was a neatly placed row of nine mushrooms, safely stored and drying on the… Read More »

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    An Industrial Place Turned Green

    by Tony Donovan | Summer 2014
    …this collection of Mike “Moose” Evankow setting the “dog,” carrying slabs, all the more valuable.) Operations continue, but the sawmill has fallen into disrepair. There are many reasons: economy of scale that this small operation can’t supply is, I suppose, the most obvious. The Sawyer’s maverick spirit is another. Sawing… Read More »

  • Yellow Birch

    by Virginia Barlow | Summer 1994
    …eat the catkins, and moose and hare browse the twigs. Yellow birch is highly preferred for veneer, the thin skinlike coverings used on doors and cabinets. To make veneer, logs are turned on a lathe against a knife edge. Yellow birch peels off the knives well as it is even… Read More »

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    Backyard Habitats

    by Anne Margolis | July 16th 2006
    …such as bear and moose. Most of us appreciate wildlife that is – for the most part – up close and personal; which is where the concept of “backyard wildlife habitats” comes in. This is actually a trademarked term for a National Wildlife Federation (NWF) program: for those passionate about… Read More »

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    Salt: Too Much of a Good Thing

    by Ned Swanberg | February 25th 2007
    …for porcupines. In winter, moose will often restore their needed electrolytes from roadside puddles of brine. Roads are not safe places for mammals to dawdle after dark, and while drinking salty water, moose seem even more vulnerable to vehicles and humans than usual. Seed-eating birds consume small pieces of gravel… Read More »

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    How Did the Moose Cross the Road? Reconnecting a Broken Landscape

    by Susan Shea | Summer 2018
    …such as deer and moose, avoid jaggedly uneven terrain such as riprap. The excavator also added soil and formed a flat area that resembles a woods road or a trail running along the side-hill. The scientists scrambled down the slope and followed the shelf. Red fox and bobcat tracks confirmed… Read More »

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    Northeast Kingdom Trail Guide

    by Walter Medwid | July 7th 2010
    …and good numbers of moose and bear. The area is also distinctive in its concentration of mountain hiking trails. NorthWoods and author Luke O’Brien just published a hiking guide to these trails entitled Northeast Kingdom Mountain Trail Guide. Besides maps, the guide contains brief histories of the area and its… Read More »

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    Mistletoe Shoots Tree

    by Elise Tillinghast | December 23rd 2013
    …and even damage from moose browsing. Whatever the decorative merits of its witches’ brooms, the plant’s strategy for seed dispersal is downright awe inspiring. Unlike leafy mistletoe, which relies mainly on birds, dwarf mistletoe turns its seeds into ammunition. In early spring, approximately five years after the plant germinates, it… Read More »

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    Mountain Maple, Acer spicatum

    by Virginia Barlow | Summer 2005
    …gets high marks from moose, deer, beaver, and snowshoe hare, which collectively could browse it to the ground. Fortunately for all of them, mountain maple grows back vigorously after being heavily and repeatedly browsed. Reportedly – and remarkably – it produces the greatest amount of new growth when 80 percent… Read More »

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    Tracking Tips: The Resourceful Muskrat

    by Susan C. Morse | Summer 2012
    …was hoping to photograph moose feeding in a nearby cove. Suddenly a V-shaped wake appeared in the water and a muskrat swam vigorously towards me. The creature resembled an oversized meadow vole, yet acted more like a tiny beaver. At its stern, the muskrat’s scaly, long rudder-like tail enabled the… Read More »

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    Pussy Willow, Salix discolor

    by Virginia Barlow | Spring 2006
    …cover. Both deer and moose find the twigs palatable, and hare and porcupines eat both bark and buds. Grouse and squirrels eat just the buds. Although pussy willows naturally germinate in wetlands, they will thrive if transplanted to drier soils. If some of their wildlife companions followed them into the… Read More »

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    Gray birch, Betula populifolia

    by Virginia Barlow | Winter 2005
    …deer, snowshoe hare, and moose feed on the twigs in winter; beavers and porcupines favor the bark. Gray birches provide cover for bobcat and hare. Gray birch is often considered to be a weed, being useless as a timber tree. And perhaps the fact that it grows contentedly on sites… Read More »

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    Waiting for the Coldest Night

    by Chuck Wooster | December 5th 2004
    …Our local deer and moose know this well – preferring to gather under the protection of conifers at night rather than out in the open. Conifer boughs are far warmer than the absolute zero of deep space and, even on the coldest of nights, reflect and radiate some heat back… Read More »

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    Chokecherry, Prunus virginiana

    by Virginia Barlow | Autumn 2008
    …foxes, deer, bear, and moose. Chokecherry’s popularity assures the widespread distribution of its seeds, most of which remain viable after journeying through a digestive system. Once established, a chokecherry spreads by underground rhizomes. Over time, a single seed can produce a large, dense thicket, benefiting many wildlife species in another… Read More »

  • Why Do Some Leaves Persist On Beech and Oak Trees Well Into Winter? thumbnail

    Why Do Some Leaves Persist On Beech and Oak Trees Well Into Winter?

    by Michael Snyder | Winter 2010
    …browsing by deer and moose. Buds hidden by clusters of dead leaves do not get eaten and thus live to become new shoots and leaves in spring. We do not know whether marcescence provides a competitive benefit to beech and oak, but we do know that these two species are… Read More »

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    Maple’s Other Delicacy

    by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul | June 22nd 2015
    …inch) and greener. Striped (moose) maples have wider wings, joined at a 140-degree angle. Silver maple samaras are considerably larger – about two inches long – and connected at a 90-degree angle. These seeds are built for travel. Dispersed by the wind, maple samaras take advantage of their helicopter attributes… Read More »

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    Speckled Alder, Alnus incana

    by Virginia Barlow | Spring 2005
    …leaves are browsed by moose, hare, beaver, muskrat, and – when they are very hungry – deer. Its buds, seeds, and catkins are eaten by grouse, goldfinches, and redpolls. But the main value of alders to wildlife is as cover. Alders often fringe open marshes, slow streams, ponds, and lakes,… Read More »

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    Red Osier Dogwood, Cornus sericea

    by Virginia Barlow | Spring 2007
    …cleanly cut end, and moose will reduce a thicket to a small hedge. The white, fall fruits attract the largest number of consumers, including turkey, grouse, flicker, brown thrasher, and bluebird, for which it is a preferred food. Many other birds are occasional users, often waiting until hard times. Being… Read More »

  • Hobblebush, Viburnum lantanoides

    by Virginia Barlow | Autumn 2005
    …than 5 feet high. Moose and deer feed on hobblebush, especially in winter, and the plants that they have browsed are stunted and develop odd-looking leaves. In Pennsylvania, where there are 30 deer per square mile statewide, hobblebush has declined significantly throughout the state. Once very common, it has been… Read More »

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    A Reprieve for Deer

    by Madeline Bodin | January 10th 2011
    …CWD is not an immediate threat to deer and moose in our area. We’re not in the calm before the storm. More likely, we’re in the calm between storms. Read More »

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    Tips for Game Camera Success

    by Janet Pesaturo | March 2nd 2015
    …captured some winners: deer, moose, and bobcat passed through. A gray fox paused to scope out the surrounds. Coyote pups cavorted under the protective watch of Mom. A porcupine ambled along. And a bear examined and repositioned the camera (but thankfully did not destroy it). What’s more, many of these… Read More »

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    Birds in Focus: Birds on the Defensive

    by Bryan Pfeiffer | Summer 2016
    …timber rattlesnakes, the panoply of biting insects, a bull moose in rut – I’ve faced them all in these northern woods, yet I fear nothing more than a goshawk at a nest. Then again, I’ve never been barfed on by a turkey vulture. Read More »

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    Quaking Aspen: Capturing Winter Light

    by Meghan McCarthy McPhaul | January 1st 2018
    …species to get established. Numerous animals, from porcupines to moose, eat its bark, leaves, twigs, and buds. Ruffed grouse, especially, depend on quaking aspen for shelter and food, eating the buds through the winter and catkins in the spring. Read More »

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    Wake Up! Hibernation Isn’t What It Seems

    by Bernd Heinrich | January 19th 2003
    …that don’t hibernate: deer, moose, hares, grouse, and voles and shrews under the snow. These animals don’t migrate and can find food all winter. Traditionally, hibernation has simply meant winter inactivity. Unfortunately, this definition applies equally well both to bears lying in their dens and to some insects and frogs… Read More »

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    Pussy Willow’s Time to Shine

    by Virginia Barlow | April 8th 2013
    …cover. Both deer and moose find the twigs palatable, and hare and porcupines eat both bark and buds. Grouse and squirrels eat just the buds. Although pussy willows naturally germinate in wetlands, they will thrive if transplanted to drier soils. If some of their wildlife companions followed them into the… Read More »

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    Bull Moose in the Newsroom

    by Dave Mance III | September 17th 2009
    …was debated passionately. Bull moose partake in ritualized sparring; it’s different than legitimate fighting. Two males will approach each other in a low-key way, position their antlers together gently, and then push. Two members of our editorial staff partook in the editorial equivalent of this behavior. One wondered if magazines… Read More »

  • Anatomy of an Ice-damaged Sugar Maple thumbnail

    Anatomy of an Ice-damaged Sugar Maple

    by Patrick Bartlett | Winter 2009
    …area where deer and moose are abundant, and in the past they’ve eaten all the regeneration. The thousands of fallen branches that littered the forest floor after the ice storm protected the new seedlings from browsing ungulates, and because large tracts of land were all regenerating at the same time,… Read More »

  • Gray Jays: Birds With Attitude thumbnail

    Gray Jays: Birds With Attitude

    by Joe Rankin | October 13th 2014
    …in the North Woods. Moose graze on their lawn. Loons call from the pond. And the gray jays line up on the deck railing for breakfast. They swoop in when they hear the coffeemaker rev up, knowing that my friend Pam will soon be out to feed them. If she… Read More »

  • The Long View

    by Stephen Long | Spring 2010
    …out beyond were the Moose River Plains and Little Moose Lake; to the east but tucked out of sight,was our camp on Sixth Lake. This was big country, country that people disappeared in, country that caused the jaws of city folks to drop in stunned silence. Other day hikes led… Read More »

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    Porcupine Salt Cravings

    by Susan Shea | April 9th 2018
    …reason, other herbivores like moose and snowshoe hare often congregate at roadsides in spring to feed on salt left over from the winter. Roze has studied porcupines extensively in the Catskills. In one experiment, he attached salt-impregnated wooden pegs to a cabin, then observed porcupines through the windows as they… Read More »

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    Ghosts in the Woods

    by Meghan Oliver | June 25th 2012
    …little concern. “I’ve seen moose trying to mate with statues or anything that even remotely appears like a quadruped, so I don’t think color would dissuade them in the rut,” Rinehart said. Birds, on the other hand, do pay attention to color. In a study on barn swallows, researchers noticed… Read More »

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    "Record" Snowfalls Not Always So Impressive

    by Geoff Wilson | January 5th 2009
    …animals, like deer and moose, must expend energy to move through the snow, which means they can be more adversely affected by snow pack depth and duration than by how much falls from the clouds. Nutrients, particularly biologically crucial nitrogen, cycle differently in frozen and unfrozen soils, and how they… Read More »

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    This and That

    by Dave Mance III | January 22nd 2016
    …Gove’s new book last week, called Logging Along the Moose River. It’s a history of the early timber industry in the Victory, Vermont, area. If you’re familiar with the Victory basin, you’ll enjoy the old pictures and stories from this bygone era. Read More »

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    Proposed Changes to VT’s Deer Season

    by Dave Mance III | January 14th 2011
    …the state’s deer and moose hunting seasons this month, and most hunters who’ve attended these meetings have expressed opposition to the idea. The State will point out that happy/pleased people are less likely to attend public meetings, thus the concerned voices in attendance aren’t an accurate gauge of public sentiment.… Read More »

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    How Not to Get the Shot

    by Dave Mance III | June 3rd 2011
    …remnants of a not-so-fresh moose carcass. Since it’s puppy season for foxes and coyotes, the cute little canids would undoubtedly be visiting the gore, and we were all set up to capture their images. “Wait till Roger Irwin sees our fox puppy,” one of us exclaimed, a reference to the… Read More »

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    How Are Coyotes Affecting Deer?

    by Michael J. Caduto | November 20th 2005
    …the form of deer, moose, and domestic animals, than in summer. Most of the time, coyotes catch individual or lone animals that are smaller, slower, and weaker than other members of their group. “In habitat with deep snow and during long, cold winters, when temperatures routinely dip to 20° to… Read More »

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    Sixteen Toes and a Break-away Tail

    by Steve Faccio | July 1st 2013
    …excitement as seeing a moose (our region’s largest vertebrate), it should hold greater significance given the rarity of the four-toed salamander. And due to its specialized habitat requirements and cryptic behavior, some four-toed populations undoubtedly remain undiscovered, and are therefore under-protected. Keep a lookout for this diminutive salamander and report… Read More »

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    Hibernation: the Ultimate Winter Survival Tactic

    by Bill Amos | January 21st 2010
    …adept at finding food: Moose and deer, for example, can find bark, leafless shrubs, twigs, acorns and green plants beneath the snow. One large mammal in the northern forest, the black bear, hunkers down in a den for a long winter’s slumber that some people mistakenly refer to as hibernation.… Read More »

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    Living with the Eagerness of Beavers

    by Lilian Shen | December 1st 2008
    …without beaver wetlands include moose, mink, muskrat, otter, ducks, herons, marsh hawks, bats, frogs, salamanders, turtles, fish and dragonflies. (The beaver’s activities are not entirely helpful to all forms of wildlife, however. The water behind a beaver dam often spreads wide and moves slowly, so it warms easily on sunny… Read More »

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    A Deer Disease on the Doorstep

    by Norah Lake | November 13th 2005
    …white-tailed deer, elk, and moose. While it can cross freely between these species, it has never been found to affect humans or domesticated livestock because of a natural species barrier. Still, in areas where the disease is established, many people are afraid to consume venison. In infected animals, CWD starts… Read More »

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    Our Place on the Map

    by Ted Levin | July 27th 2003
    …They once danced for moose and sturgeon, and mirrored the earth’s cycles and patterns with their myths and ceremonies, researches, and contemplations. They were our regional ecosystem people. But not all animals stay in one ecosystem, and it isn’t necessarily travel that does harm. Take the red knot, for example,… Read More »

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    Last Cow In The Woods

    by Elise Tillinghast | …were excited to discover moose tracks in front of one of the cameras. The prints looked a little odd – unmistakably moose-sized, but a little rounder than they should have been. Here’s what the camera revealed. {image2} It turns out that our woods have been harboring a town outlaw, a… Read More »

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    Wasting Disease Found in Deer Saliva and Muscles

    by Anne Margolis | Spring 2007
    …cervids: deer, elk, and moose. It causes an affected animal’s brain to become peppered with holes, like a sponge, leading to tremors, confusion, weight loss, and – eventually – death. Like mad cow disease, CWD is caused by abnormally shaped prions, or proteins. Unlike mad cow disease, which has killed… Read More »

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    Sumac Draws a Crowd

    by Virginia Barlow | February 5th 2006
    …a preferred species for moose, and rabbits are said to be especially fond of tender sumac seedlings. Humans, too, have found some uses for sumac. The name itself may come from “shoe-make” because the leaves and twigs are so rich in tannin that, in the past, leathermakers preferred sumac for… Read More »

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    Some Insights Regarding the Aerial Caribou

    by Elise Tillinghast & Susan Morse | December 22nd 2015
    …shaped hoof marks are noticeably different than those of moose, and large dew claw marks are distinctly visible. Winter scat tends to look like piles of over-sized coffee beans, sometimes with a little sparkle. Also listen for their call - a repeated snorting, sometimes described as a jingle, typically heard… Read More »

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    Feels Like Ticks

    by Ned Swanberg | October 21st 2007
    …bird, woodchuck, rabbit, and moose ticks. None of the local ticks specialize in humans, but Homo sapiens are worth a try in a pinch. In fact, you may personally have had intimate experience with the dog tick, lone star tick, or the tiny black-legged tick. The local variety of the… Read More »