Aasta loom 2019

How the beaver survived the drought

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sat, 24.08.2019 - 10:19
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Posted by the Animal of the Year Team
 

During the drought in July the beaver acted like a true master builder and prepared for even worse to come. The mid-summer dry spells drained smaller creeks and ponds. The earlier flow of water ended and the water level in the beaver habitat started to drop. It was the last minute to check the dams and to seal them.

 

In the video we see the beaver adjusting the dam and adding more willow branches for more  security.

Beaver’s neighbour – water shrew

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 16.07.2019 - 10:58
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The water shrew is a enigmatic and shy animal that most people never have even heard about. This small mammal is however definitely present in our nature and moreover quite common!

 I clearly remember my first encounter with a water shrew – it took place behind a beaver dam where I was stalking a kingfisher. The beaver had dammed the water in a small stream. Lying there for hours I noticed that a very small, agile creature was busy in the water. The top of its head touched the water surface only for a moment when it dived again. Who was it? Finally I managed to see the little animal – looking like a shrew but liked to move in water. Getting home with this information I started to search in books and I did find it in the Soricidae family – it was a water shrew!

 

Beavers honour private property

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 09.05.2019 - 12:43
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The family life of the largest rodent of Europe is largely similar to that of humans.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team 05.05.2019
English translation Liis

 

The whole beaver family lives in a defined territory. Beavers honour private property.


The centre of the activity of the beaver family is the home – a lodge pile or in case of a high shoreline, nest burrows. The borders of the territory are marked with secretion. All family members leave their message on the tussocks with secretion. They are like border posts. An alien co-specific will find all information about the family group on studying this bulletin board  and understands that the individual who approaches closer will be in danger. 

 

Boar and white hare in children’s trail camera

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Tue, 30.04.2019 - 12:28
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Posted by the Animal of the Year Team 13.04.2019
English translation Liis

 

That all kinds of animals like to lick salt is well known. Now the children saw that hares are no exception. In the trail camera of the Kiviõli children the hare (mountain or snow or white hare, Lepus timidus) even stands up to get at the salt cube on the pole. There is a glimpse of its black ear tips too.

 

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