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Welcome to a photographic journey through the fields, woods, and marshes of New England

Here I’ll be sharing some of my favorite photographs from my forthcoming book Naturally Curious. I’ll be updating my blog periodically with new images, new stories, and more glimpses of New England in all seasons.

RED FOXES CLEANING DENS


Most authorities will tell you that red foxes don’t use dens in the winter, but a fox down the road has been using one all winter for shelter. Today I decided to check on the den, to look for tracks, scat or scraps of food nearby, and to my surprise found a large mound of fresh dirt and stones outside the entrance. Even though red foxes are breeding now, and not giving birth until late March or April, females are actively cleaning out several dens within their territory and then selecting one for their litter. Keep an eye peeled on hillsides with sandy soil, often in the woods but near a clearing, with a stream or pond fairly close by.

3 responses

  1. KAY SHUMWAY

    I love reading about your discoveries in the woods. Keep it up please for those of us who are not as tuned in.

    February 23, 2010 at 1:14 am

  2. Ann Bahlenhorst

    Your photos are amazing. I can’t wait to share them with my second grade class. I will let you know what they have to say about them.

    February 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

    • My apologies. I just figured out that I have been receiving comments — so just found yours. Thank you so much for your encouraging words. Have your second graders checked out the website http://www.ustream.tv/theowlbox? A live camera in a nesting box containing a barn owl sitting on 5 eggs about to hatch. Many classrooms are watching with baited breath!

      March 18, 2010 at 3:15 pm

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