So after our wonderful, wonderful 47 degree day during which we lost almost all our snow, things got cold again and we got a dusting of snow, 2 inches or so. This was light powdery snow, the sort of snow that the Inuit people call "light powdery snow." I'm sure there's an Inuit name for it, since they have twenty-two different names for snow, but since I don't know Inu, I punted.
I haven't been all that interested in mammals...as you know I'm more of an invertebrate guy. But watching the mice tracks got me thinking. I'm sure there are hundreds of mice under the snow of Curtis Prairie, maybe thousands, who knows. I'm sure they're all eating. I wonder how many pounds of grass seed lies under the snow cover, how much is still hanging from the stalks, and how much a mouse needs to eat each day.
I'm sure there's info out there. I'll let you know.
P.S. Happy caNew Year.
5 weeks ago