Aasta loom 2019

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
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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
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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.

 

Beaver camera 2019

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 05.04.2019 - 13:50

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Introduction and illustrations  Tiit Hunt, www.rmk.ee
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Estonian text posted 04.04.2019

The beaver camera is once more online. This year we will be able to follow the activities of the beavers at their lodge on the shore of the Penijõgi in the Matsalu National Park. Behind the beaver lodge the largest reed field at the Baltic is visible.

100 m long beaver dam at Esna – a year later

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 10.03.2019 - 09:24
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The Esna beavers have felled birches in March 2019.
Photo: Ingmar Muusikus
Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team
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Hundred meter long beaver dams occur rarely in Estonia. One such giant structure was built by the beaver group at the Esna springs. Evidently the dam, dividing the swampy spring area, was ready already in 2017. The hard-working creatures had unknown to themselves made an early symbolic gift for Estonia’s jubilee. By 2019 the landscape view had changed somewhat.

 

VIDEO: Beaver in snowy landscape

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Wed, 06.03.2019 - 11:05
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If the winter of this year should still continue it is certainly worthwhile to use  the opportunity to visit a beaver lodge  noted in summer – how different its surroundings look in winter! In his video  wildlife filmmaker and theriologist Remek Meel who has studied beavers for years  briefly also presents  a giant beaver lodge that looks truly mysterious in the wintery landscape. The present video is the first of a 10-part serial on beaver subjects that will introduce the activities of Eurasia’s largest rodent during the year.

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