Bill Hayden's Blog - March 2010
It's Almost Ground Squirrel Time
Just so we can be ready for them I've got one of the cams temporarily pointed at the holes here in the lawn at Headquarters. Last year we had a contest for the first sighting. Let's do that again. The first submission of a ground squirrel sighting from the webcam will win. It might just be bragging rights, but maybe we can come up with a small prize as well. To save an image right click on it and chose "Save Picture As..." then send it to me via email. (our website management software will automatically convert my email address into a link that does not allow attachments, so try this: to email me send them to bill_hayden (at) nps.gov. Replace the (at) with an @ sign and it should work.)
So far I've had two people send in webcam captures from the ground squirrel cam. I've included the images here. The first one, while it was a squirrel, was a tree squirrel who for some reason decided that hanging out in the hole was a good place to nibble on something. The second was one of our resident deer. They don't usually hang out right in the HQ lawn. I guess being Saturday and no one around this morning, they felt comfortable coming in close. Usually they are over lurking around at my house waiting for my garden to start growing. Other than my daffodils I haven't found much that they will leave alone.
Speaking of daffodils, just so you can compare, some of mine are about 3 inches high right now. The others are still under a small lump of snow, but that should be gone within a few days. Things are early this year.
Snow, What Snow
In other news:
Long range we are testing a new camera that will replace the old one at Goat Haunt. I think I mentioned that before. It’s now going to have the same size and quality as all the rest of them. That should go in, in late April or early May.
I’ve updated the Webcam Gallery and you should start noticing some of your submissions from last summer showing up. Thanks again for all the nice webcam captures. Just today I got a nice one from Apgar Mountain that had a bald eagle in it. Sweet!
Oh yeah, this morning walking through the headquarters area I heard a varied thrush, chickadees, and a pack of coyotes yipping and yapping. I bet they found a carcass of something and were feasting away. Do coyotes have fun? It sounded like it.
Did You Know?
Lake McDonald is the largest lake in the park with a length of 10 miles and a depth of 472 feet. The glacier that carved the Lake McDonald valley is estimated to have been around 2,200 feet thick.