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April #SuperSnap

The April #SuperSnap goes to this great blue heron captured on a Snapshot trail camera in Door County. Standing at four feet tall, blue herons use shallow areas like the one pictured as their main hunting grounds. They typically remain stationary while scanning the water below for fish, frogs, or snakes to catch with their long beaks. Great blue herons will also prey on species found in nearby fields or marshes, like rodents, insects, and even other birds. 

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @AUK for this #SuperSnap nomination.

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and sharing your favorites with #SuperSnap – your submission might just be next month’s featured photo! Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

 

Sources: 

https://www.eekwi.org/animals/birds/great-blue-heron 

https://www.audubon.org/field-guide/bird/great-blue-heron

https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Great_Blue_Heron/lifehistory

 

March #SuperSnap

Wood-n’t you know it, our March #Supersnap goes to this nighttime shot of a beaver in Vernon County! These ecosystem engineers play a large role in shaping the waterways and wetlands throughout Wisconsin. The dams that beavers build can reach up to six and a half feet tall and stretch fifteen feet wide. A single beaver alone cuts down around 200 trees each year to use in dam construction. The bark, twigs, and leaves from each tree also serve as their main food source.

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @bobk47 for this #SuperSnap nomination.

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and sharing your favorites with #SuperSnap – your submission might just be next month’s featured photo! Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

 

Sources:

https://www.eekwi.org/animals/mammals/beaver

https://ed.fnal.gov/entry_exhibits/beaver/beaver.html#:~:text=Beavers%20are%20born%20knowing%20how,the%20growth%20of%20unwanted%20trees 

https://www.hww.ca/assets/pdfs/factsheets/beaver-en.pdf

February #SuperSnap

We have chosen a striped skunk for this month’s #SuperSnap from Douglas County. Did you know that striped skunk is one of the species of interest found on the Snapshot Wisconsin Data Dashboard? Visit the dashboard to see Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera detections of striped skunk visualized by county as well as time of day and year. Stay posted for 2021 data to be added later this year!A striped skunk walking in an open field

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @WINature for the #SuperSnap nomination!

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and hashtagging your favorites for a chance to be featured in the next #SuperSnap blog post. Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

January #SuperSnap

Swooping through the trees for our January #SuperSnap is this pileated woodpecker from Sawyer county. Pileated woodpeckers are the largest woodpecker species in Wisconsin, growing to almost the size of a crow. Despite their size, these birds are notoriously difficult to spot. Stay on the lookout for their bright red head crest, and keep your ears open for their loud drumming and high-pitched call.

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @JoyKidd for the #SuperSnap nomination!

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and hashtagging your favorites for a chance to be featured in the next #SuperSnap blog post. Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

December #SuperSnap

Pictures of these two black bears from Lincoln County quickly captured the attention of our Zooniverse community. That’s why we deemed a photo of this pair our December #SuperSnap. Black bear cubs are born during January and February each year. The cubs remain with their mother for about 18 months. During this time, mother bears will teach their cubs how to climb trees, find shelter, and forage for food before sending them off into the world on their own.

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @momsabina for the #SuperSnap nomination!

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and hashtagging your favorites for a chance to be featured in the next #SuperSnap blog post. Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

November #SuperSnap

This playful coyote family from Rusk County has been deemed our #SuperSnap for November. Coyote parents are resourceful when preparing a den for their pups. Some coyotes will repurpose abandoned burrows from skunks, woodchucks, foxes, badgers, and even other coyotes to create a den. Female coyotes will also prepare several den sites that include multiple entrances for a quick escape if threatened by predators. 

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A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @oregano for the #SuperSnap nomination!

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and hashtagging your favorites for a chance to be featured in the next #SuperSnap blog post. Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

October #SuperSnap

This month’s #SuperSnap goes to the slick pair of North American River Otters featured below from Vilas County. Otters are known to produce slide marks as they move their bodies along ice, snow, and mud on the edge of riverbanks. As the only species in the state to produce these distinct tracks, the Wisconsin DNR performs a series of aerial surveys in the winter to search for the presence of otter slide marks. This data is then incorporated into population estimates for the species. 

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A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @Megeth for the #SuperSnap nomination!

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and hashtagging your favorites for a chance to be featured in the next #SuperSnap blog post. Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

September #SuperSnap

Check out this #SuperSnap of a woodchuck caught by one of our cameras in La Crosse County! Also known as groundhogs, these furry rodents are true hibernators during the cold winter months in Wisconsin. During this time, they can drop their body temperature down to 37 °F and lower their heart rate from 80 to 5 beats per minute. They typically emerge just in time to provide a spring weather forecast in early February. 😉

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @oregano for the #SuperSnap nomination!

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and hashtagging your favorites for a chance to be featured in the next #SuperSnap blog post. Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

July #SuperSnap

This Wisconsin icon from Iowa County is crowned our July #SuperSnap! Badgers don’t show up often on Snapshot Wisconsin cameras, and it is even more rare to capture one in the daytime. Have you ever seen a badger on your trail camera? Or even better, in person?

A badger walking across a green forest floor

A badger captured on a Snapshot Wisconsin trail camera.

A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @WINature for this #SuperSnap nomination.

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and sharing your favorites with #SuperSnap – your submission might just be next month’s featured photo! Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

June #SuperSnap

It is time to bring back the monthly #SuperSnap ! Check out this series of a bobcat from Trempealeau County. This individual is wonderfully camouflaged with its environment, blending in with last year’s decaying plant matter in this spring photo series. Bobcats (Lynx rufus) have a distinctive mottled fur coat that allows them to disappear from sight in a great variety of landscapes. This characteristic contributes to their impressive adaptability; they are the most widespread wild cat in North America!

  • A bobcat walking through the woods

There were lots of amazing submissions this month. A huge thanks to Zooniverse participant @AUK for this #SuperSnap nomination.

Continue classifying photos on Zooniverse and sharing your favorites with #SuperSnap – your submission might just be next month’s featured photo! Check out all of the nominations by searching “#SuperSnap” on the Snapshot Wisconsin Talk boards.

Sources:
https://sciencing.com/adaptations-bobcat-8153982.html
https://www.britannica.com/animal/bobcat