Snow Brings out Surprising Wildlife

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!

Raccoons dining on rose hips
Raccoons dining on rose hips

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!

Frozen ponds make fishing a little more challenging
Frozen ponds make fishing a little more challenging

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!

2 thoughts on “Snow Brings out Surprising Wildlife”

  1. Jill Constantine

    After watching one of the raccoons feast today, I walked further down the river to see a Wilson’s Snipe feeding in the mud. It was a good day for wildlife.

  2. To the DNS Staff, Your blogs are great!!! I look forward to each and every one. Keep up the good work! Happy New Year, and may 2010 be full of many more of Nature’s gifts.

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