Being an Earth Ranger means helping to Bring Back the Wildâ„¢ and that is exactly what youâ€™ve been doing for a very special member of the weasel family. We checked in with the Nature Conservancy of Canada to see how the Newfoundland pine marten conservation project is going in this update from the field.
Looking for a Snack
While you can go to the grocery store to get food, the Newfoundland marten goes on the hunt. Depending on the season, they hunt snowshoe hares, squirrels, and birdâ€™s eggs. Sometimes, they also munch on berries, and when they are feeling adventurous, they will even add dead animals, like road kill, to the menu. Yuck!
Obviously, they arenâ€™t picky eaters. With a diet this diverse, the Newfoundland pine marten is known as an â€˜opportunistic foragerâ€™. Of course, there is one food that Newfoundland martens really love – meadow voles. Voles are pretty difficult to capture because they are fast and hide under the snow. But that doesnâ€™t stop the Newfoundland pine marten. Using the spaces, or air pockets, created by fallen trees and other debris, martens are able to get under the snow and follow the voleâ€™s scent to find them.
Home Sweet Home
Through the pine marten Bring Back the Wildâ„¢ Project, weâ€™re helping the Nature Conservancy of Canada protect habitat on the Island of Newfoundland. By restricting huntersâ€™ access to the area and making sure there is lots of food, like meadow voles, for the pine marten to eat we are helping to create the perfect home for this animal.