Thank you to the students of Garibaldi Elementary School for providing this information about the American Mink!
The American Mink can be up to 68.7 cm in body length and lives in B.C.. They are brown coloured with white markings on the ventral side (belly), chin, throat, chest and groin areas, and have short ears and short limbs.
Partially webbed toes and short limbs allow the American Mink to easily frequent both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. They eat meat, fish, crabs and birds.
Add a few insects and bugs, lady bugs, bees, butterflies, worms, slugs, dragon flies, eggs, earwigs etc to a leaf. A great project for Earth Day after observing life close up in the garden, by a pond or in the woods. Summer is the time for seeing large numbers of many of these in the garden, some friends like the lady bug and some pests like the earwig and slug.
How do we face the challenge of these tiny but big crop destroyers without harming our planet?
Every year from fall to spring, salmon can be seen (and smelt) in the channels and rivers of Squamish.
They come to breed and spawn, providing food for wildlife such as bears and bald eagles, and the peoples of Squamish. Salmon have been a staple food for many generations of peoples who have come to make Squamish their home. Squamish First Nations tell stories of how the first salmon came to be. They celebrate the abundance of this rich food supply with the First Salmon Ceremony. Mature salmon make an epic journey swimming against tides and currents back to the estuary, the river and eventually to the exact same spawning ground from where they hatched. If they lucky enough to reach this final destination, and haven’t been eaten by a bear or bald eagle on the way, they will spawn, giving life to the next generation of salmon in the full circle of life.
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