The Whiteshell Provincial Park is a picturesque landscape for 365 days a year. In winter, the crystal-white snow, hoar frost, frozen lakes, and crisp clear blue skies prove this for a fact. And Falcon Lake cottager and photographer, Brian Gould, knows how to capture that scenery with a camera. Have a look of this gorgeous series of winter photos captured by photographer Brian Gould in the Falcon Lake area: Continue reading
The fox is Experience the Whiteshell’s Wildlife of the Month for March. Foxes are a common siting in the Whiteshell, and during the winter they look gorgeous with their big fur coats and bushy tails. While most of the foxes in the Whiteshell are red, on occasion you can see silver and black foxes trotting around. Females foxes will be having their litters anytime between now and May, and a litter can be anywhere between one to ten pups. The average lifespan of a red fox is anywhere between three to six years, according to Canadian Geographic. Here are a few photos I have taken of a fox hanging out at our cottage on Star Lake. This guy likes to pose for the camera on the front deck and curl up in the snow and soak up the winter sunshine. He is about half this size in the summer without that thick winter coat.
Bobcats are a rare sight, but it seems that recently they’ve been spotted more often in the Whiteshell. In fact they’ve even been making the news. Sadly, an injured bobcat was found in Falcon Lake in mid-January and was taken to the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg to undergo surgery. The good news is the young female bobcat is making a recovery and is expected to be released into nature again. The Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre has been accepting donations to cover the cost of the surgery.
Here’s a few great photos of a bobcat (not the injured bobcat) in the Whiteshell that have been captured by wildlife photographer Anne Klassen:
Timber wolves are possibly the most elusive, beautiful, and mysterious wildlife in the Whiteshell Provincial Park. Wolves in the Whiteshell are a rare sight, although the amount of tracks in the winter are a strong reminder that they are around in good numbers. You are far more likely to see wolves in the winter as they cross the frozen lakes in search of a deer making its way through the deep snow. Occasionally you can hear their eerie howls in the wind, a beautiful yet haunting sound that can send chills down your back.
The wolves of the Whiteshell are the January ‘Wildlife of the Month’. Check back for several other ‘Wolves of the Whiteshell’ posts throughout the winter.
Have you captured the wolves of the Whiteshell on your camera lens? Be sure to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be featured on Experience the Whiteshell.
Fall. It’s one of the most beautiful times of year in the Whiteshell. With warm temperatures and gorgeous changing colours, you couldn’t ask for a nicer fall than the one we’ve been having. Experience the Whiteshell is sharing the stunning fall time scenery in our Fall Colours photo series.
Photos by Emily Christie & Michael Jordan.
You don’t see them everyday, but black bears are often sighted in the Whiteshell rummaging around for berries, scaling up trees, and, on occasion, swimming over to an island. These large animals are an important part of the ecosystem in the Whiteshell or, as wildlife photographer Anne Klassen likes to refer to them as, the ‘farmers of the forest’. They also happen to be Klassen’s favourite animal to photograph. Black bears will spend most of their waking hours in search of food before their hibernation time, which is usually in mid-October. Since these animals will soon be going into hibernation for the next six months (approximately), Experience the Whiteshell is featuring black bears as the October Wildlife of the Month. Take a last glimpse at these beautiful and powerful animals in a series of photographs captured by Anne Klassen, before they hit the snooze button for the winter.
Please remember to always be bear smart in the Whiteshell: Never leave garbage around and never approach or feed the bears.
There’s nothing that says lake living more than the lonely call of a loon on a glass calm evening. With summer nearing an end, there won’t be much longer that we will be able to hear that beautiful sound. Which is why we are featuring wildlife photographer Anne Klassen’s stunning loon images in our ‘Wildlife of the Month’ feature: