Snowslides and critters
Last year around this time I posted video and thoughts about the relationship of critters to avalanches—both the risks they pose and the habitats they create. Most on my mind, of course, was (and remains) Jánwu (mountain goat) but I also wondered about scrub-alder mouse factories and the predators, like owls, who sing around their fringes.
Yesterday I filmed avalanche triggering above Little owl path, the very active chute that often reaches Thane Road. More food for thought about serious-stuff-coming-downhill. I used to say “bad stuff” but, like bears, avalanches are neither evil nor benign—just impressive neighbors we’d best pay attention to.