The mice like the protection of the snow, and they are light enough to hop along on top of the snow no matter how dry and fluffy it is.
|Mice are mostly Air and Fur|
I took a snow shoe trip up to Porcupine Ridge to see if any porcupines or any other animals were out braving the deep snow.
|Looking West from Porcupine Ridge|
I found a few tracks of animals including fox, mice, squirrel, and fisher (no deer); it took a while but eventually I spotted some signs of porky down at the bottom of the ridge.
|Nature's First Snow Plow|
This path had been recently traveled - since the last snow - as its footprints were clearly marked in the plowed road.
If you want to locate a porcupine habitat, look for a steep, rocky ledge with lots of hemlock trees. This particular porcupine has its den in a cave high up this ledge - the road it has plowed leading back up to its home is visible in the center of this picture.
|Porky's Path Home|
Here's a picture of a porcupine that I caught on this ridge a couple of winters ago.
After all the snow and cold weather I was somewhat surprised to find open water in a few locations in the swamp at the bottom of the ledge.
|No, It's not a sign of spring|
It shows how much heat the earth retains well into winter.
I'm never surprised to find open water at the outlet of Lake Wicwas, and it always provides a beautiful scene on a bright winter day.