We borrowed old-fashioned wooden skis from the swedish military – yes, like the one’s I remember using in my childhood Norway – but skis that are still going strong, especially in undulating terrain, and the only needed ski wax is a simple and more environment-friendly candle, not the toxic ski wax some are using today.
Thank’s to currently studying wildlife biology and conservation at Umeå University my class recently participated in an interesting animal tracking excursion in the forest fields outside Umeå town. Despite icy snow conditions we had an awesome and sweaty skiing tour with glittering sun, bonfire and nature… a wonderful day away from a confined classroom.
Many of us learn best when we’re “out there” experiencing, that’s for sure, especially when it comes to analyse tracks. It is easy to overlook lot’s of tracks and signs made by animals if you don’t know what to look for, as some appear to be almost “invisible”.
Among the subjects we looked at that day was the wild animals various eating patterns and taste, typical wildlife scat indentification and what the snow tracks can tell us. Pretty cool to move around and see what has been going on in the animal world when no humans are around.
The wood grouse male sure know how to make a lot of mess in no time, both on the ground and up in the tree – busy playing for the girls. Unfortunately we missed the show here 😀
We also visited a big wooden fox trap with a dead chicken in it to learn how the mechanism works, and a feeding place for wild animals and what to think of if you want to establish such a place. There are many caring people out there wanting to help wild animals, especially in the winter, but if regulation is not considered and knowledge is not involved wildlife can get hurt instead of helped. This kind of help and information is just a phone away!
Now, I wish you all a Happy Easter & Happy skiing – see ya’ soon! 🙂