Titus Mountain is one of my most favorite places to be. My office has a window facing directly onto the slopes and whenever I look up from my work, I have a front-row seat for all that’s happening out there in every season of the year.
We like to talk about Titus Mountain’s beautiful natural setting. An important part of that setting are the many wild species that depend on our forests and trails for their well-being. In total, our ski area encompasses over 800 acres of ideal habitat where our feathered & furry friends can find food, shelter, privacy and a safe place to rear their young. In addition, Titus is surrounded by literally thousands of acres of forested land (both public & private) that is also essential for a healthy wild environment.
Spring, summer and fall are the most active seasons for our mountain wildlife. Whitetail deer are a common sight on the trails as they browse the grass and small plants growing there. Woodchucks also like those tasty shoots and we have quite a colony…it seems like every lift tower has its own gopher hole!
Wild turkeys have established themselves here as well. They’re particularly fond of the insects that can be found in the grass of the trails. It’s not unusual for hens to have broods of 12 or more “jennys” (female) and “jakes” (male). When 3 or 4 hens get the kids together & bring ’em all out at once to feast on the bugs…its quite a sight!
In late fall and winter, the leaves are off the trees and wildlife becomes easier to spot. Take the time to look around as you’re riding the chairlift and it’s likely that you’ll see one of our critters going about its business. Early in the ski season, snowshoe hares can standout if they haven’t finished changing over to their white winter coats. You’re almost guaranteed to see a red squirrel (the North Country’s perennial nuisance), and maybe even one our enchanting flying squirrels. Foxes are on the hunt and very adept at catching mice hiding in the snow. Birds are everywhere…bluejays, chickadees, nuthatches, ravens, even bald eagle sightings have become more common as they fish in the fast-moving, slow-to-freeze waters of the Salmon River that flows through our valley.
I remember conducting a ski lesson for a group of 4th graders several seasons ago. All of a sudden, one of the girls cried out “Mr. Instructor! Mr. Instructor! There’s a chicken in the woods! Is it going to be all right?” I looked to where she was pointing and, sure enough, there was a ruffed grouse standing on a log watching us watching her. Needless to say, a good time was had by all as I interrupted the ski lesson for a quick primer about why that “chicken” was right where she needed to be.
The next time you find yourself on our mountain, take a break occasionally to look and listen for our critters. You can rest assured that they’ll be watching you!
You can learn more about our North Country wildlife by clicking HERE
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