Snake Tracks Field Update for November 28, 2013

2 Dec

This is an update on the Snake tracks reptile conservation and education project being conducted by Earthshine Nature Programs.

Zoe remains in the small valley but she has moved around 200 feet to the north of her last location and is sheltering under a rotting stump a few feet above a spring head.

Utsanati remains in hibernation in the same den he has used for the last three winters.

Today I also discovered some unusual large tracks in the melting snow–possibly from a passing hiker or hunter.  They were not far from where Utsanati is overwintering and were hard to make out due to the melting snow. They were about 3-4 inches longer than my size 11 boots and looked surprisingly like “Sasquatch” tracks.

Take a look at Zoe, Utsanati and the strange tracks in today’s video below.

If the video does not play try following this link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j959vhDmMLA

to watch the video on Youtube.

I would also like to introduce the first episode of Earthshine Nature’s new series: Ratsnake Tracks!

In Ratsnake Tracks we will follow in the tracks of “Splinter”–an adult Black Ratsnake that lives just outside Earthshine Nature Programs’ primary base of operations on the campus of The Academy at Trails Carolina.

In this first video I meet Splinter for the first time then, a short time later, I am joined by Jim and Margaret as we visit Dr. Bolt at Sweeten Creek Animal Hospital to assist with the implantation of Splinter’s new micro radio transmitter.

If the video does not play try following this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gMDNL8zpGj0
to watch the video on Youtube.com

After Splinter recovers he will over-winter in the nature center only ~10′ from where he was found just outside the back door. He will be released in the spring and the students and I will track him for several years with the goal of learning all that we can about the natural movements and habitat use of a wild ratsnake in and around an area highly used by humans.

Snake Tracks is a reptile conservation and research project occurring near Earthshine Discovery Center and Dupont Forest in the mountains of western North Carolina, USA. Through the magic of modern technology and allot of hard volunteer work by a wildlife conservationist and his small crew of volunteers and students, glimpse into the lives of two wild Timber rattlesnakes and one Ratsnake in their natural habitats. For more detailed info on the project please take a look at the website at: http://www.earthshinenature.com

Follow us on our blog here at http://www.earthshinenature.wordpress.com

It is our goal at ENP to promote wildlife conservation through our unique, exciting, citizen science based, hands-on education, out-reach programs, and online with our nature videos, blog and website.

We are not paid to operate ENP or to conduct wildlife conservation activities. ENP is a 100% volunteer operated and donation funded organization. It is our mission to educate you about these beautiful but greatly misunderstood animals and hopefully, to impart to you their beauty, uniqueness and intrinsic value to a healthy Earth, healthy wildlife and healthy humans.

THANK YOU to all of you who have donated to ENP over the years!! Without you this important reptile conservation and education work would not happen. If you would like to support Earthshine Nature Programs please feel free to donate by visiting

http://www.earthshinenature.com/donate

You may also donate supplies such as animal foods, medical supplies, vitamins and habitat supplies just contact us for more information on what supplies we are in need of and how to donate.

Visit http://www.earthshinediscovery.com to learn how you and your family, school, scout, corporate or camp group, can visit the Earthshine Discovery Center and have a wonderful fun and educational retreat!

Music by The Steep Canyon Rangers used with written permission.

www.steepcanyon.com

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