Badgers already making longer tours

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Thu, 14.03.2019 - 10:10

Screencap from webcam W. Zwar

English translation Liis

Estonian text  posted 13.03.2019

Badger at the deer feeding ground


Badger         Mäger       Meles meles


This badger usually moves in the dark, being on a foraging trip.

During winter they went out from the burrows in warmer weather but then always close to the nest. More frequently in daytime, to breath fresh air and when possible show themselves to the sun.

In winter the badgers have had a thorough slimming period: a full-grown individual now weighs about nine kilos.

100 m long beaver dam at Esna – a year later

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Sun, 10.03.2019 - 09:24

The Esna beavers have felled birches in March 2019.
Photo: Ingmar Muusikus
Estonian text posted by the Animal of the Year Team
English translation Liis


Hundred meter long beaver dams occur rarely in Estonia. One such giant structure was built by the beaver group at the Esna springs. Evidently the dam, dividing the swampy spring area, was ready already in 2017. The hard-working creatures had unknown to themselves made an early symbolic gift for Estonia’s jubilee. By 2019 the landscape view had changed somewhat.


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