Caught In the Act: ESLT’s Wildlife Camera Strikes Again!
Lately, the ESLT team has been out on the land monitoring our conservation easements; with the permission of our landowners, we’ve also set up wildlife cameras in strategic locations to catch our local animal species in action. A few weeks ago, one camera caught a shot of this furry little critter – an American Badger! Badgers are marmot-sized animals covered with grizzled gray fur. They use their muscular legs and sharp claws as tools to excavate dens that can extend below the surface for up to thirty feet. Leaving these dens around dusk to search for food, badgers also use their digging abilities to uncover prey – particularly small rodents, which can benefit agricultural production by reducing pest populations. The California Department of Fish and Game now lists the American Badger among their “Species of Special Concern.”
On Monday, Aaron and Kay visited one of our other easements and collected several great photos from another wildlife camera.
Like the bobcat, the coyote is often out and about after nightfall, hunting for rodents and other small mammals. They sometimes live and travel in small packs, though seeing a solitary coyote is no surprise. This coyote (below) was patrolling the edge of the Benton ponds in the same spot where the bobcat was seen, and was likely on the prowl, searching for a midnight meal.
More great photos from our wildlife camera:
Have you purchased tickets for ESLT’s Lands & Legacy Celebration?
ESLT’s annual Lands & Legacy Celebration is just around the corner! We hope you’ll join us on August 2nd and 3rd in Mammoth Lakes and help support our work to permanently preserve vital lands in the Eastern Sierra. The event features a benefit dinner with a special, regional menu, live music by local musicians String Theory, and a fabulous silent auction. We hope to see you there!
To read more about the weekend’s schedule, and to purchase your tickets online today, visit our ticketing webpage!