Newfoundland Pine Marten Update: Searching for a Perfect Snack

Being an Earth Ranger means helping to Bring Back the Wild™ and that is exactly what you’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.

pine marten in a tree

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 bird’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!

pine marten tracks in the snow

Marten Tracks in the Snow

Obviously, they aren’t picky eaters. With a diet this diverse, the Newfoundland pine marten is known as an ‘opportunistic forager’. 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 doesn’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 vole’s scent to find them.

Home Sweet Home

Through the pine marten Bring Back the Wild™ Project, we’re helping the Nature Conservancy of Canada protect habitat on the Island of Newfoundland. By restricting hunters’ 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.

Check back next week for another update from the field when we take a look at the Spotted turtle Bring Back the Wild™ project.

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  1. New Bee
    Ranger56128555 says:

    im a turtle!

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    lemon09440 says:

    i love pine martens

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    Ranger56131585 says:

    i love protecting the pine martens they are so cute i love newfoundlad!!

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    Ranger56133591 says:

    i like protecting the pine martin because people threaten them and they are being Egstinked.

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    Ranger56134604 says:

    I am happy to help the animals and I will get all the people I know and it I have in my family I will help you in all the ways I can help Thank you I will help you

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    Ranger56135572 says:

    there sooo cute…… :)
    i want a pine marten as a pet!

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    Ranger56135768 says:

    im a turtle

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    becky29 says:

    why are some people doing this to animals?

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    Ranger56140074 says:

    thay are so cute

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  10. New Bee
    Ranger56140579 says:

    They are so cute

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