By John Harrod, Manager, DuPont Environmental Education Center,
Today at the DuPont Environmental Education Center in Wilmington, we had two refuge residents treat us to an afternoon of great views. They were intent on having lunch without regard to us – the gawking onlookers.
Who were they? A pair of raccoons!
This was an unexpected sight, as raccoons are nocturnal and are rarely seen during the day. Seeing a raccoon in the daytime does not necessarily mean it is rabid (but they are wild animals so still keep your distance). Like the red fox, raccoons are sometimes active in daylight to take advantage of available food sources and this especially true when there is snow covering the ground and their favorite pond is frozen over!
Raccoons are omnivores so they eat plant and animal material. It appears that today’s food of choice is hips from the invasive multi-flora rose. Joining them were mockingbirds and a sundry of sparrows who also thought today was a good day for roses. Come down to the Dupont Environmental Education Center for a winter walk around the boardwalk!