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Algonquin Winter Tracking Expedition 2005

Tuesday (Day 3)

Tuesday morning we headed out north along the frozen Sasejewan Lake. Snow squalls were moving about the winter landscape.

We were following wolf tracks across the lake to a moose kill site near the north end of the lake. These were the same wolves we had tracked yesterday.

Along the shore we came upon this "running branch." It left no tracks behind itself.
We paused for awhile to try to get a fix on any radio-collared wolves that may be in the area.
The occasional snow squall did hit us. Snow fell thick.
One of the snow squalls off in the distance.
We followed the wolf tracks to the site of the dead moose. It had been stripped clean of meat long ago, but most of the bones were intact. The only tracks we found near the carcass were those of the wolf we had been tracking.
This is a photo of the bone marrow of the dead moose. Dan told us that when the bone marrow looks like this -- pink or red and somewhat "bubbly" -- it indicates that the animal was very low on energy reserves and probably not very well or strong. Normal healthy bone marrow is whitish and of a smooth consistency.
Along the shoreline of the frozen lake we found plants typical of such shores. This is a small aromatic shrub called sweetgale.
After leaving the moose carcass we split into two groups. One group followed the wolf tracks as the led away from the dead moose, across the lake and south along the shoreline.

This photo shows us studying the wolf tracks.

We found a small hole in the ice near the shore, where the ice was weak. Assistant instructor Alexis couldn't resist sticking his head into the hole to see what was down there.

We think the hole was made or at least used by an otter.

At the west end of the lake we lost the wolf trail in a maze of fisher, marten, snowshoe hare and flying squirrel tracks.

Here we are studying a trail made by fishers.


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