You know that old saying "good things come in small packages". Well, little did I know that a little mouse caught by a Great Blue Heron would create such an event.
At the time, what I thought was a baby muskrat turned out to be a jumping mouse. I reached out to Brian Keating for a definitive identification of what this heron had caught. (Brian worked for the Calgary Zoo for 3 decades & among other pursuits, is a weekly guest on CBC Radio Calgary & Edmonton.) He thought the make-up of the prey was unusual for a baby muskrat so he reached out to Chris Fisher (professional wildlife biologist & ecologist). Chris identified it as a Jumping Mouse, a little seen mammal (not endangered). Sincere thanks to both Brian & Chris for their valuable input.
Please click the link below for Brian Keating's segment on the Jumping Mouse, featured on CBC's Homestretch. Sometimes the smallest of Nature's creatures provide some of the greatest stories. And if you listen to the broadcast, you will hear that the Jumping Mouse has the same hibernation period as the Marmot, that being 9 months out of the year!