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More Snowshoe hares

snowshoe hare (Lepus Americanus) on snow, winter, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

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Here’s a look at a Snowshoe hare (lepus americanus) just as it starts to pelage and change to its summer coat, and below, a look at another hare further along in the process. I like to try to photograph animals in the various stages of their phenology, and also to try some different kinds of compositions – the one below showing a little more of the forest this snowshoe hare lives in, and what they might do this time of year; sit in the morning sun and catch some rays after a long, cold winter. Continue reading

Snowshoe hare and lynx population cycles

Snowshoe hare, winter molt, white fur, Wrangell - St. Elias National Park, Alaska.

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OK, OK, OK .. no more silliness. I mean, this is a professional website, right? I’ll keep it together, I promise.

Here’s a REAL snowshoe hare photo, taken on my recent sojourn to the northern side of Wrangell – St. Elias National Park. I was very surprised at how little sign of snowshoe hares there was in this area – negligible. Everywhere else, it seems, the woods are crawling with them. This is at, or close to, the peak of the cycle for snowshoe hares; a 10 year population fluctuation that seems to be pretty consistent. Sometimes the cycle might be 9 years, or 11, but it’s not usually far off. The population rises steadily, then faster, peaks, and falls drastically,  almost completely, in a single year. Ecologists aren’t sure as to what causes the drop in numbers, Continue reading