2018 was a whirlwind. Meetings. Pitches. Travel. Learning to do audio on YouTube. Turning our apartment into a wall-to-wall Post-it note storyboard. You see, we’re trying to create the first prototype of Nature Labs by fall 2019 and, as a result, we had fewer days in the field than ever before. Yet 2018 was good to us. We made our time in the Rocky Mountains count like never before, narrowing our search to specific individuals and landscapes we’ve come to know well while working to create the stories that will underpin Nature Labs.
In order of date, please enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of Nature Labs and what became our top wildlife encounters from 2018.
Annual Skunk Convention
Why did the skunk (with awesome claws) cross the road?
To get to her favourite swimming hole, that’s why! And trust us when we say that this gal was quite the avid swimmer.
It’s a rare sight indeed to see a skunk in daylight, but that’s exactly what we encountered several times one spring day. In total, we photographed eight skunks in 24 hours, including our Penny Oleksiak-channeling friend – one of the hardest animals to photograph in the Rocky Mountains.
They must have been going to the annual skunk convention…
Seriously, though, our sightings were the byproduct of the skunks seeking out just a few of the thousands upon thousands of earthworms that, for some reason, elected to die on mass on the road. It was a bizarre phenomenon that we’d never seen before – nor had any researcher or biologist we spoke to observed such a scene. Nonetheless, the skunks – and the foxes – were grateful for the unexpected bounty. And so were we, given that it gave us one of our most memorable wildlife encounters of the year.
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