Mink, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Mink Angles

A mink poses on the broken cement that lines the lagoon around Far Enough Farm.

Muskrat swimming with lunch, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Salad Bar

A muskrat swims by with lunch, after visiting the salad bar near the RCYC’s north island.

Raccoon in kitchen, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Kitchen Coon

From the it-always-pays-to-have-a-camera-around department, a film oldie but a goodie.  During foundation replacement, this fellow managed to find a way in.  Finding the cat food bowl, he proceeded to hoover back as much as fast as possible, waking me up at about 2:00 in the morning.  Turning on the kitchen light, he jumped eight feet […]

Beaver couple, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Happy Couple

A pair of large beavers sit on the bank of the lagoon near the new fire hall.

Beaver, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands


A beaver swims past the shores of Algonquin, its face perfectly reflected in the calm waters of May.

Swimming mink, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Half Dry

A mink displays its curious ability to keep its top half dry while swimming near Doughnut Island.

Mink portrait, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Ready for the Closeup

A mink peers from a hollow log, trying to see if the coast is clear for its next dash to a safe stopping point.

Chewing beaver, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sandy Hands

A beaver eyeballs the camera on Ward’s Beach, its wonderful little hands treating a tasty branch like a cob of corn.

Beaver teeth, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Beaver Teeth

A beaver displays bad manners chewing with its mouth open and covered in food, tasty branches pulled into the waters off Ward’s Beach.

Sprinting mink, Blockhouse Bay, Toronto Islands

Mink Sprint

A mink, exposed in the open, sprints to safety across the thinning ice of Blockhouse Bay (click for larger image).

Winter beaver, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands


A beaver, awkward on land, pushes its way through the snow on Ward’s beach.

Bighorn Sheep, Parker Ridge, Alberta

Bighorn Gaze

On a completely Island-unrelated note, a bighorn sheep peers through its horns on a July trip to Alberta’s Icefields.

Running mink, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

At the Races

A mink clears the ground, running along the western shore of Algonquin island.

Raccoon, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands


A furtive raccoon, standing in the water, peers around a log in the July twilight.

Mink portrait, South Island, Toronto Islands

Say Hello

Up close and personal with mink whiskers on the ice near the RCYC.

Feeding mink, South Island, Toronto Islands


A mink noisily chews through a fish, on the ice near the RCYC.

Mink skull, Sans Souci, Georgian Bay

Mink Details

The carnivorous details of a perfectly preserved mink skull, found in the Sans Souci region of Georgian Bay.

Stained beaver teeth, South Island, Toronto Islands

Surprising Teeth

A beaver, teeth stained red from a winter diet of nothing but bark, floats in a hole kept open in the ice off of Snake Island.

Beaver in moonlight silhouette, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Backlight Moon

Reflected light from the rising full moon frames a beaver in silhouette on Ward’s Beach.

Beaver walking upright, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Missing Link

Walking upright out of the water, a Toronto Island beaver carries mud and vegetation in its arms to build a scent mound, territorial markers to let other beavers know that this area is verboten.

Beaver reflection, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Mirror Mirror

A beaver swims in an opening in the lagoon ice, still partially frozen in early March.

Mink, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Humpback of Notre Island

A mink scampers along the lagoon’s edge at the south side of the Manitou Bridge.

Beaver in ice, South Island, Toronto Islands

Shaken, Not Stirred

Like an olive in a martini, a beaver floats in a hole kept open in the ice off of the RCYC’s south island in the winter of 2009.

Chew Baby Chew (audio)

[Audio clip: view full post to listen] If a beaver chews on branches and there’s nobody to hear, does it make a sound?  As it turns out, yes it does (265KB MP3). Note:  if the audio player doesn’t appear, click the title (Chew Baby Chew) to view the actual post.