Archive for June 20th, 2008

Prairie moose

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Yesterday I departed Prince Albert at 4:00 a.m. to attend a half-day workshop in Regina. The four-hour morning drive was made more interesting by the fact that I spotted a mule deer doe with a days-old fawn, and needed to brake for a mallard hen with a line of ducklings that decided to cross the highway in front of me.

However what really made my day was the sight of two cow moose browsing at the edge of an aspen bluff.

When I think of moose, I associate them with boreal forest habitats, usually in proximity to wetlands. However in recent years the population of moose in Saskatchewan’s farmland has been increasing. The moose I spotted yesterday were close to the intersection of Highways #6 and 16, east of Saskatoon. It’s not really a true prairie ecosystem, being located in the Aspen Parkland ecoregion, but it seemed “prairie-like” enough that the moose seemed out of place to my eyes.

I just hope that they’ll be smart enough to stay off the highway.