Badger Year 2016

Winter menu of roe deer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 10.02.2017 - 11:42
metskits võrseid söömas
The fur coat of dense tube-shaped hairs helps to withstand low temperatures. How winter conditions will be managed is mainly influenced by the thickness of the snow cover.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar

 Posted by the Animal of the Year team in Estonian 08.02.2017

This winter brings only pleasure for roe deer. Thick, layered snow does not prevent movements nor make it difficult to get at food.  Digging a sleeping place needs no hard work either. Unlike elks, roe deer must not sleep on snow, only on the ground. Otherwise health problems quickly arrive. Pneumonia or diarrhoea would very probably mean that the next spring will remain unseen.

Badger does not sleep

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 10.02.2017 - 11:20
mäger talvel
Trail camera image from Valgamaa. Badgers are awake.
Photo Kalmer Lehepuu

Posted by the Animal of the Year team, 05.02.2017


The Year of the Badger has ended but here is a recent trail camera image of badgers. The snow has come and gone, and come and gone again this year in Valgamaa. At most there was about 10 cm of it. At  present there is no snow and it seems as if the sleep of badgers has vanished with the snow. From January 23rd they have come out of the burrow every evening  at about 7 o’clock to go on their badgers’ business.

Kalmer Lehepuu

All know the roe deer

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Fri, 27.01.2017 - 18:27
The ancient Estonians called the roe deer “kaber”, today this name has been forgotten and instead “kits”, goat, has been borrowed from German. But the roe deer, the metskits, "forest goat", is no goat but instead a small deer. The goat belongs to the Bovidae family being a relative of sheep and bovines, the roe deer is a deer like the red deer and the elk.
Photo: Tarmo Mikussaar
Posted by the Animal of the Year team 02.01.2017

How do the boars manage?

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 29.12.2016 - 13:21
A year ago there were still plenty of boars in Estonia and Latvia. There were enough for photographers too. The photo is made at the feeding ground and participated in the 2015 Estonian-Latvian photo contest “Wild boar – a real pig”.
Photo: Kristers Porietis

Posted by the Animal of the Year team 16.12.2016

The third year in the shadow of the African Swine Fever is ending and we ask Tõnis Korts, the executive director of the Estonian Hunters’ Society if there are boars in the forest and if there is some relief in the  worries of hunters compared to last year.  The main weight of pest control has after all fallen on the hunters.

Bear asleep

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 19.12.2016 - 23:54
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Bear den at Kõrvemaa, where a mother bear and two young bears slept.
Photo: Vahur Sepp

Posted by the Animal of the Year team 17.12.2016

The badger is in its winter sleep, but what about the bears?
November started with snowfalls and minus degrees. Nature quickly took on a wintery aspect. At the same time the ground was unfrozen and under the snow there was even water in shallow spots.

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