Friday (4/27), a group of crows were making an incredible racket back up in the woods towards the Outdoor Classrooms here at the Museum. They were on to something, an owl, maybe a hawk, and they were going at it with vigor. Something up the in the pines had the crows terribly upset and they wanted it gone, or at least they wanted to make its life miserable for a while.
I was up at the Sailboat Pond watching Exhibits Tech, Jerry put the final touches on the repair work being done on the pond’s interior walls. I decided to head off in the direction of the crows to see if I could spot what it was that had them in a such a tizzy.
As I turned the corner near the Take Off in Catch the Wind a small, long-legged canid came trotting up the path towards me. It was a fox!
I assumed that the fox was heading towards the large mulberry tree which stands alongside the path midway between the fox and where I stood. The mulberries are ripe and some of them have fallen to the ground, easy pickins.
I’m not sure that the fox was aware of me, it was probably still thinking about those bothersome crows back in the woods, but it just kept coming up the path.
Just as the fox neared the mulberry tree it must have realized that I was not a tree or post in the middle of the path ahead of it, but a person. I didn’t move, but perhaps an odor from me (don’t say it!) made the fox pause.
A few seconds later the fox turned and struck out for the woods.
If I were to have a tail, I’d like to have one just like that fox!
Greg Dodge is a professional naturalist as well as a writer, videographer and producer of natural history DVDs. His images have been used in various TV productions, museum displays, and corporate videos. Above all, he has a fascination and passion for all things natural.
He can be found Tuesday thru Saturday in Explore the Wild, Catch the Wind, or on the Dinosaur Trail. Ask him what’s new in the wild!