Uncle Henry´s Universe.

Uncle Henry´s Universe.

About the blog

I have no heavy training... Barely Elementary School. Preferred the wilderness, it became my university, but I got muddy boots and experience instead of School knowledge so my English was therefore quite inadequate. This blog is a project to improve my skills in English language.

We all have our own universe, welcome to visit mine.

Baltic Grayling

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Sun, June 19, 2016 20:24:33

From the middle of Sweden and north, you can now see a gray-brown butterfly patrol around the sunlit pine trunks in the mire landscape. It's the Baltic Grayling (Oeneis jutta), a species in the subfamily Satyrinae with a circumboreal distribution. It occurs in bogs and tundra in the north of Europe, the Baltic States, the Urals, Siberia, Northern Kazakhstan, the Russian Far East, Northern Mongolia, Northeastern China, North Korea and North America. (In Canada it occurs from Newfoundland to British Columbia.)

In Sweden, it flies from early June to mid-July every two years, so you could not see it last year and will not be able to see it next. It flies only in even years, so take the opportunity; the next time will be in 2018!

The butterfly often starts at the root and then flits rapidly upwards along the stem, sometimes up into the crown of the smaller pines before popping down to the next pine and continues.

Flights season varies in different places in the world. In Canada, for example, Baltic Grayling flies from late May to mid-June in eastern Ontario, from late June to late July at Churchill, and into August in Newfoundland and Labrador. It is biennial, flying in even years in southwest Manitoba and the west and mainly in odd years from southeastern Manitoba eastward; at Churchill and in the Mer Bleue bog near Ottawa it flies every year.



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New Buddy in the neighborhood.

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Sat, June 18, 2016 15:05:30

This year seems to be a pretty bad year for the golden eagle, at least in the central parts of Sweden. In Värmland, we have only found one successful breeding so far, in which a fairly large and nice kid has been ringed.

In addition to weighing and measuring, takes bird ringers now also blood sample for DNA analysis. Here is the “Lord of the Rings” in place in the nest for sampling.

Big feet and sharp claws, they have the resources, yet they are surprisingly calm and kind while they are handled.





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Mixed week.

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Sun, March 13, 2016 19:38:38

It has been a varied week both in weather and tasks. Mostly overcast conditions, when it has been tracked wolves and wolverines, but also fine sunshine with good sightings of golden eagles. Only a few degrees below zero at night and a few degrees above zero in the daytime. Spring is on its way.

One morning we heard the raven crying outside our cabin, nothing unusual, but it was much closer than it usually is. It turned out that two wolves during the night, had killed and eaten, one of the roe deer that terrorize our garden. (I take care of some small sallow trees grown especially given the bumblebees in the spring. And who was munching on them last week, if not precisely these roe deer! But as you all know, crime does not pay and this time got the bad guy to pay with life!) If we had woken up and looked out the window, down the river, we had been able to see what happened. But oooh no. We slept sooo well! (It would have been interesting to see, but it was certainly too dark anyway.)

There is not much left of a roe deer when two hungry wolves taking a midnight snack.

Some days later, a moose cow with her two calves passed the place, (yes ... we have a new moose cow with calves discovered the charm of our garden!) she showed great interest in the wolf tracks and tracked them for a short distance. I have seen this behavior several times before during tracking, but this was the first time I saw it happen. Maybe she tried to judge when the wolves passed and which direction they took. She seemed very suspicious.





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Poor meee!

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Fri, March 04, 2016 19:11:33

Now it is a difficult time for me and my dear colleagues. Not yet finished with wolf tracking when the golden eagle demands attention. Frustrating days comes before us. When you track wolves, are you thinking about all the eagles who wishes to be registered and when you are waiting for eagles that never turns out, are you thinking about all the wolves that wish to be tracked. You are never quite satisfied.

As we say every year, it's a crappy job, but someone has to do it!





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Hiking Trails cleared

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Fri, June 26, 2015 10:56:22

Now, at last is 65 km of hiking trail through nature reserves adjusted for the summer season. It’s been a hard job. A rainy spring and strong winds has turned over more trees than usual.

Several hiking trails passing through bear land, always a little more exciting, even if you do not see the bear is always there, somewhere in the area.

A small snack for a hungry bear becomes a gigantic reconstruction project for an ant community...





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Quagga

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Tue, June 02, 2015 20:58:54

It goes straight to my heart, this short film from two talented twin sisters in Russia.

Quagga was awarded as Best Environmental film in Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival, Ecotopfilm 2013.




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Sex is in the air!

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Thu, March 26, 2015 22:14:41


The wife and I did a chilly night outdoors last weekend. We thought about taking the temperature in the spring and it proved to be hot, although it was slightly more than 10 degrees below zero. About twenty black grouse held party on the marsh and traces showed that even a capercaillie rooster had pulled the wings in the snow. It's almost time for the mightiest spectacle in the spring, capercaillie games.


At dusk landed two hawk owls next to us and mated. Soon after, it was time for two pygmy owls. The day before, I had seen two golden eagles mate in the top of an old dry pine, incredible wilderness feeling especially since a hawk owl right next cried out for female company. The same morning woke a colleague with two barking Ural owl who looked hungrily at him. Last but not least, my parents have a horny eagle owl that just after twilight crying out for beautiful ladies from their fire ladder ... it's a busy time in the woods for some time to come!


I worked on the boundary of a new nature reserve yesterday and took the opportunity while putting up some nesting boxes for Ural owl. The working machine worked great as a platform. The absence of old trees with nesting holes nowadays doing nesting boxes extra valuable. I hope that the owls notice which generous and nice person I am and ends to hit me in the head when I pass forwards early summer.







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Neither nor.

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Mon, March 23, 2015 23:45:20


Spring hesitates. In the valley it is free of snow and the first Lapwings shivering in the cold north wind. In the mountains it is winter, still around 75 cm deep snow and minus 10 degrees some nights. In between is the spring thaw, infinite spring thaw.

Wolf tracking season is almost over, it became quite remarkable, at least for me personally. The first part went very well, gave good tracking and interesting experiences. Then it became tricky, neither the weather nor wolves wanted to cooperate. It became in some way, neither nor...

The young wolf I called lint brain (fluff brain) was a short acquaintance, it was shot along with his five siblings and both parents during the hunting of wolves. A bad memory I try to forget. There are some other wolf territories in the neighborhood so hopefully it will soon be born new wolves that need to be loved.

Even the golden eagle inventory season is coming to an end. Work has progressed quite well, two old territories remains to get confirmed and some new to grasp. So it always is. It is truly remarkable how such large birds can hide their nests and their presence so well in the landscape.

Eagle reconnaissance works best when the wind blows pretty hard, but when the wind speed ports around 35 knots (18 m / s) shakes the binoculars so they become unusable. The other week I had to fasten the binoculars with retaining straps in the work vehicle.

We are soon approaching a new era. Spring rush time. When all happening at the same time, when it returns more and more birds that need to be looked at and listened to, all nature awakens from hibernation and everything must be experienced again. Go out and enjoy!





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A fiery cargo!

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Wed, February 18, 2015 21:09:09

There seems to be a short winter, spring birds reported from the southern part of the county and the snow melts alarmingly. On Hemberget (Home Mountain) has the depth of snow dropped from 100 cm to 80 cm in just a few days. Best to get wood for shelters and huts in place before the spring thaw is upon us.

I am extremely happy with my new colleague, Yamaha Grizzly 700, it reaches almost everywhere. Big difference from formerly when we wore everything on the back, it was heavy and took considerably more time. Okay, it sounds more, but my groaning and panting was not silent either.

In fact, I sink deeper in the snow or on wet mire than what the machine is doing; it has significantly lower ground pressure. If it runs slowly and thoughtfully, it leaves almost no trace behind on bare ground.

Yesterday's work was a temporary guest appearance with reserve's work, there is still a time of predator tracking. Furthermore, the spring like weather led to that the eagles started to receive spring feeling. Work with them will probably start earlier than usual this year.



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Busy days!

Nature ConservationPosted by Uncle Henry Mon, February 09, 2015 22:24:13

Snow, frost and thaw has created perfect tracking conditions. Now is the winter at its finest, it's just to enjoy. In the mountains the snow depth varies from 65 to 85 cm, it is built over many obstacles and makes skiing a real pleasure.

In difficult terrain, is usually snowshoes best choice, but if I expect that tracking also will offer longer distances over flat bogs, I put on my old-fashioned wooden skis. With hand-sewn beak shoes and leather straps that hold them in place, they are quick to put on and off and perfect for tracking!

The snow depth means that many moose leave the mountains and gather in the valleys and lowlands, where there is less snow and easier to access food. A colleague saw 16 of them together at a feeding place. Convenient for moose, but also an additional offer for the wolves, there is much food in one place. These four joined together near our farm today.

This week I finally found the wolf pack that eluded me this winter. I have not yet tracked them together for a long distance, but I have accumulated quite a lot of urine and droppings for DNA analysis. The young wolves lived around an old moose carcass while their parents were in search of new prey. They had filled an ice-covered lake with traces of fun and games. It must have been a lovely sight.

It is now busy days. Only one week left before the rutting season puts a stop to track lynx families, and I have not found one yet. And more wolves to trace. And almost time for golden eagles. And a guilty conscience because I have not had time with the birds home on the farm, missed this year's bird count. A sign of the times, the stressful lives we all live...





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