Sunday, January 17, 2010

Silent Sunday: Deer Yards

I have tried to find the source of these photos, but have had no success.  They came to me in an email, and had been forwarded  to the person who sent them to me.  I'm not 100 percent certain that the photos were taken in Maine, but I do know that deer yards exist in northern Maine. 
A deer yard is a place deep in the forest where deer spend the winter.  They do not hibernate per say, but they retreat into the forest and spend the winter in areas where they can find shelter from the cold and deep snow under fir trees.  They spend 100 to 135 days in their "deer yard," depending how far north in the state and how cold the winter is.

 They rely on leaves, twigs, and lichen for food.  Their metabolism slows down in winter, so they can survive on fewer calories; also, they have the ability to burn the accumulated fat in their bodies as well the ability to reabsorb their muscle tissue.  About 3 to 35% do not survive; fragile fawns and old bucks are the most likely to succumb.

There is a concern that as more and more of our forsest areas are devoloped, there will be less deer yards.  White tail deer are not hardy enough to go farther north than southern parts of Canada.  Efforts are being made as camping areas and snowmobile trails are are created to preserve large areas as wildlife refuges.

(I know this is usually my"silent Sunday" post, but I felt these photos required explanation.)


Vodka Logic said...

If you hadn't explained those pictures I would have thought they were photoshopped. I never knew deer hung out in such large groups. That is very interesting and the pictures are amazing. Thank you !!

jinksy said...

They look like a living river...

My name is PJ. said...

Wow, Eva - I'd never heard of such a thing.

DJan said...

I think it's wonderful to know what goes on in the wilderness, and how our wild friends survive winter. Thanks for this information!

Mesina said...

What gorgeous pictures Eva, just wow. And I never knew about these Deer yards, thanks for explaining! I'm really passionate about animal and enviornment issues (I know right?!)
Thanks for putting this in the spotlight x

Sonya said...

Wow that is seriously cool looking! Like the first poster said..had you not explained it I would of thought for sure that it was photoshopped! Wow that is just so amazing. Have a wonderful week!

Frau said...

Wow that is very cool!

Adoption Of Jane Ug-LBC said...

Thanks for taking the time to explain... i've never heard or seen anything like this before. Absolutely Amazing! Wow, I think I held my breath while looking at these pics. Thank you for sharing this!

Tina said...

They are incredible. I never knew about Deer yards - very interesting. I have a ton of deer that come in my backyard every day and just love watching them. So peaceful.

Thanks for stopping by my blog.

The Lucy and Dick Show said...

Yes, the deer population far exceeds the available food for them. It's a nasty situation here in Ontario. As they encroach on human spots, they're on the roads and in yards and people just don't understand. Thanks for posting this!

BONNIE K said...

I had never heard of this. I love deer! They frequently visit our yard. They eat my flowers and veggies form the garden, but I can't get angry because they are so beautiful.

Elizabeth said...

I've received these also. They are definitely amazing!
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TechnoBabe said...

That is a wonderful post, glad you did explain and not a photo alone.

Life with Kaishon said...

I love this picture. And I loved learning about this. It is something I had no knowledge of!

Kristina P. said...

Very interesting. I had never heard of these. I wonder if we have these in Utah.

Cheryl said...

Thank you for stopping by Eva. I love this pic. We have deer all around us but I never knew those facts. Very interesting!

Eva Gallant said...

Vodka: I don't think they used to hang in such large groups, but the dwindling forests have made it a necessity.

Jinksy: amazing, isn't it?

PJ: Living in Maine, I had heard of deer yards, but that was the first time I'd seen a photo.

DJan: It was fun gathering the info.

Messina: You're welcome. I learned in the process.

Sonya: i was amazed at the photos as well!

Frau: Indeed!

Adoption of Jane: The photos were definitely different, which is why I had to post them.

Tina: Glad I could provide this info.

Lucy: You're welcome!

Bonnie: I agree--they are beautiful!

Elizabeth: I will definitely take part in the NE anniversary.

Techno: I really did think the photo required an explanation.

Kaishon: I was vaguely aware of deer yards, but learned a lot while researching.

Kristina: If you have white-tailed deer, you probably do.

Cheryl: I learned, as well!

Steven Anthony said...

I did not know this, very intersting....I hope we figure out how to stop taking there yards, they are beautiful creatures..

Respectfully Yours said...

Wow, I love those pics.

SamiJoe said...

Wildlife is too awesome!
I found a couple of moose sleeping in my gardens last week and i was camera-less.
I see deer hopping thru my gardens a few times a week. We have a few diff kinds here in Alberta.

Joanna Jenkins said...

I learned something new here. Thanks for telling us about it Eva.

Happy Sunday!


Julie said...

I did not know the concept of a "deer yard" prior to your post. Thank you so much for posting the details. I agree that we need to stop infringing upon the areas that wild life needs for its very survival.

Unknown Mami said...

Thank you for sharing this. I hope the deers remain plentiful.

Richard @ The Bewildered Brit said...

Blimey, that's astonishing!

Cinnamon-Girl♥ said...

What beautiful pictures! I've never seen so many deer in one place before. Thanks for teaching us about them.

The Retired One said...

I thought YESTERDAY'S post showed us a dear...:-}

Those deer yarding were amazing...I have seen this once when I was in my teens...we saw a farmer's field with over 200 deer. It was awesome!

gayle said...

Beautiful!! I love to watch deer..we have them walk through our yard!!

Eva Gallant said...

Steven: I agree--they are beautiful.

Respectfully: The pics were too beautiful not to share.

SamiJoe: I would have loved to see a photo of those sleeping moose!

Joanna: You're welcome, and happy Sunday back at you!

Julie: I was aware of them, but not that knowledgable until I did some research.

Mami: Glad I could.

Richard: The pictures are amazing.

Cinnamon: I never had either!

Retired: That must have been a sight!

Gayle: They are beautiful creatures.

Erin said...

Holy Cow...or deer I should say, that is amazing!! I've never seen that before!
Thanks for sharing!

Shelle said...

omg I would never have believed that unless i saw it. and look how close that guy is! i'll have to put one of the photos on my desktop to show the kids in the morning.

Just Joany said...

This is absolutely beautiful. I'm all about wildlife and information concerning them. I never heard of Deer Yards, before, but now I have to know more, so I'm off to my many areas of research. Thanks for sharing.

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