Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Arctic Fox Has a Case of the Giggles

What does the fox say?  Apparently, this one laughs (not sure if it is normal for arctic foxes, but it is funny and cute to watch).  Of course, I a sure the animal has a bunch of other things he/she can say (like barking, howling, vixen screams, etc). 

Friday, November 18, 2016

Does the Seattle area get red foxes? This is a mystery worth investigating

Sorry it has been a while since I have posted last.  My day job work schedule has been picking up considerably in recent months and been less active as a result.  Anyways, last month I went on a train trip to Wisconsin and Illinois and since then I have become curious about red foxes.  I remember seeing one once back when I was a kid on a door county trip to Penninsula State park when I was little (probably 3rd or 4th grade if I have to guess).  And looking back on that, it makes me wonder: do red foxes exist in my back yard here in Snohomish, Washington?
Here is a life size model of a red fox at the Milwaukee Public Museum at Milwaukee Wisconsin.  If you visit Wisconsin, you just might encounter one of these magnificent creatures camping out in the woods there (like Penninsula State Park).  Now I wonder if Washington State (specifically the Seattle area) gets foxes?  Definitely an untapped niche (not a whole lot of infomation about them here in Washington).  
In my 23 years or so living in Washington, I have yet to see a fox in the wild, though in my neck of the woods, we seem to get coyotes instead (sometimes hear them howl at night, like last night).  However I have heard about the Cascade red fox, like the one seen in the video below about a cascade red fox at Mount Rainer.

There also seems to be foxes on San Juan Island too (random short video about a red fox sighting on San Juan island):
Now the question is: does the Puget Sound area (Seattle, Tacoma, Everett etc) get red foxes?  Here in my neck of the woods, it is rural and my back yard backs up to woods, so it seems like a possible place to see a fox (though it seems like you are more likely to see a coyote than a fox here in Snohomish).  I don't know for sure if they exist around here, but I might be interested in doing a field investigation sometime and see if we do get foxes around here.  I don't have a definitive answer to this question, but I do want to believe they exist around here.  If anyone has experience or stories about foxes here in western Washington or even around the Seattle area, feel free to share your expriences.  If I have a sighting or get more information about red foxes here in Washington, I will be sure to let you know (definitely an untapped niche for anyone looking for untapped niches online).  

By the way, both the Woodland Park Zoo and Point Defiance Zoo have Arctic Foxes.  See below:
I tried to get a picture of the arctic fox last time I was at the zoo, but it was undeveloped (it was also around the time my last windows phone was going bad too).  Will try to get a more clear photo of one next time I am there.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Washington's live mascot Dubs energizes Husky fans

Here is a video I found on YouTube featuring Dubs the Alaskan Malamute.  I didn't actually go to University of Washington, went to Northwest University instead (basically right across the highway 520 bridge in the Kirkland area from UW), but not only did my brother Brett (and his wife) go there, but I also had some former classmates from Jackson High School that went there.  I can't say I have ever been to a "husky" game, but I might consider going to one someday given the opportunity.  Interestingly while the UW football team are known as the Huskies, they have a Malamute pose as a "husky", though I suppose Malamutes could be viewed as larger versions of huskies (like Siberian huskies, but generally bigger).  Check it out:

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

An eagle, a fox and my cat all getting along fine on my porch

How would you like to wake up on some winter morning and see an eagle, red fox, and a few cats on your porch?  Thiat is what happens to this lady from Alaska.  The eagle and fox both seem rather bold being on the porch (around here in Washington, foxes and eagles are a lot more elusive).  I think we might get foxes here in Washington, but I have yet to see one in the wild.  In my neck of the woods, foxes usually come in the form of coyotes.

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Arctic Foxes

Arctic foxes anyone?  Here is a video on youtube featuring arctic foxes at the San Diego zoo.  Interestingly, the woodland park zoo here in Seattle also has them (forgot to get pictures of them last time I was there though).