New Hampshire Nature Notes
by Eric Orff
Lots of crickets and grasshoppers to feed New Hampshire's wildlife right now. (VIDEO)
The local hay fields are filled with the chirping of crickets these summer nights. I walked in the hay field across from my house this afternoon. Waves of grasshoppers leaped away from me as I walked. Yes there is an abundance of these high protein foods for all sorts of wildlife. From the small gatherings of turkeys nearby to no doubt this year's young of coyotes and foxes they are likely zeroing on these fields .
The waves of grasshoppers reminded of a recent study on the impacts of trails have on wildlife. Your "wake" through the forests on trails disturbs wildlife for 300 feet either side of you as you walk. We humans throw out a wide bow wave as we drift through the forests.
The thick summer's night air is filled with the sounds of crickets.
New Hampshire's mother foxes are looking for food for their kits even during the day.(VIDEO)