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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.

Brighter times.

Wolf Posted on Tue, December 22, 2020 09:54:37

Winter solstice yesterday, now we are moving towards brighter times … Although it does not feel that way. Gray, rain, plus degrees, pandemic and even more gray. I think the best thing is to stay indoors and go all in for Christmas celebrations, the rest of the year!

Wolves often follow in each other’s tracks, especially when there is deep snow. Then you can track long before they suddenly divide, and the tracks show how many individuals the pack contains. In open terrain and where it is easy to walk, such as on a sea ice or along a road, it happens more often. The local wolf pack seems to be 5 individuals right now. I hope they got hold of a Christmas moose to chew on during the Christmas and New Year weekend.

Take care of yourself, keep your distance, throw something soft at Santa if he gets too close. I hope you all have something good to chew on during Christmas, whatever it is. Fish, turkey, only vegetables or a fat pig, the traditions are so different around the world, you may not even celebrate Christmas or have a new year on January 1st. Still, have a great weekend everyone.



This week’s gym session

Lynx Posted on Fri, December 11, 2020 16:00:46

Climb, crawl, jump, balance, slip, swear, wrestle with snow-filled spruces or dense thickets, that is to track lynx!

The gray weather has ruled all week. Around zero degrees. Wet, very wet. But the work has still paid off well. I have tracked two different wolf packs, a wolverine, and a female lynx with two cubs.

How hard can it be? Perfect choice of route if you are a lynx …

Cats sneak smoothly through the terrain. Often under obstacles because they are so agile, or along lying tree trunks because they have such unmatched balance. Trackers often lack those features, at least signed. I do not need a gym pass after a day of lynx tracking.

They balance with ease along even the thinnest tree trunks and easily jump over to the next one.

The kids play a lot. Rarely misses an opportunity to chase each other in playful jumps from rock to rock. Imagine if you had only a fraction of that energy!

In wet snow, the tracks become purely graphic and easy to recognize.

There are several meters between each boulder in the picture but … no problem for a cat.



Shades of gray

Nature Conservation Posted on Fri, December 04, 2020 16:34:49

Maybe not fifty … but many shades of gray have characterized the first tracking week of the season.

Yesterday the clouds were so low that the visibility was almost non-existent when I came up high in the mountains. The diesel engine had to idle, but I still had to stop from time to time and get out to make sure I was not about to leave the road.

There was a few cm of snow every night, so it was easy to see fresh tracks but at the same time it becomes more random to come across them. No wolf or lynx tracks, just a wolverine, but that’s okay too. If several days have passed since the last snowfall, the animals have had time to move over larger areas. This increases the chance that our tracks will cross. Better luck next week!

Have a nice weekend to you all.



End of November

Nature Conservation Posted on Mon, November 30, 2020 09:18:12

Say what you want about Christmas shopping on the internet and supposed delivery problems, but I ordered snow for the first of December and delivery seems to be done at just the right time, fantastic!

A good winter starts with cold, snow on unfrozen ground just gets wet and sticky. The last few days we have had down to minus 10 degrees, perfect.

Hoarfrost lights up the landscape and gives a taste of the winter that is hopefully underway. The forecast tells of snowfall tonight and even more snow in the coming days during the week. Time for the tracking season to begin.

The last week has mostly been spent on repairs and service of equipment after this year’s work with the management of nature reserves. Our company cars live a tough life on bad forest roads and need a little extra love from time to time.

Some equipment must be stored in storage rooms, while others must be lifted out and prepared for new operations. On the whole, the same procedure as in previous years and with the same feeling in the body, a tingling sense of anticipation, excitement, curiosity … A new tracking season.



I’m electric

Nature Conservation, Uncategorised Posted on Wed, November 11, 2020 07:57:00

Over the past year I have been working with a battery-powered chainsaw and I loved it!

In our work with hiking trails or nature reserve boundaries, we saw a little, go a short distance to saw a little more before we go a little further … and so on. With a petrol-powered chainsaw, you go all day in noise and exhaust. It’s bad for the environment and it’s bad for you!

With a battery-powered electric chainsaw, you are completely free of exhaust and noise comes only when you press the button and saw. Okay, if you like chainsaws as some kind of masculinity symbol, a muscle power – hair on the chest thing … then maybe you have problems with it sounding like a hand mixer 😉

The first battery-powered electric chainsaws which came on the market was not for professional use. They were too weak and felt a bit like a toy. Once you learned the technique, however, they could be used. With the new Husqvarna 540i XP, it’s a whole other thing. It can definitely compete with a traditional chainsaw. Environmentally and in terms of working environment, it is of course completely superior.

With Husqvarna’s new X-cut saw chain, it is a killer. The first tree I felled fell before I had time to release the throttle …



Dizzying times!

Nature Conservation Posted on Mon, November 09, 2020 13:09:45

Presidential elections in the USA and the pandemic that is closing parts of Europe again, these are dizzying times … but in our nature reserves everything is calm and quiet.

We are privileged who are not affected by lockdown rules, who live in a sparsely populated area and have our workplace in the wilderness. Our only tiny “problem” right now is that the recent heavy rains have turned even small streams into foaming rivers. Upstream, however, there is always a place where you can cross the watercourse. I’m starting to become a champion at “kangaroo jump with chainsaw and backpack” …

Fämtfallet

Work on the reserve boundary is still in progress. We are lucky with the weather and the heat continues. Normally it should be snow-covered ground now, but some days are instead warmer than it has been since temperature measurements began in our county 1858. I’m not complaining, not yet … but when December arrives, I want snow. Winter should be snow and cold, do not want a repeat of the tracking season last year.

Berttjärnhallen

Large flocks of thrushes pass during the day, there are still a lot of birds left that have not yet moved to warmer latitudes and the summer has been good for grouse. There are plenty of capercaillie, black grouse and hazel grouse and we had a nice sighting of a golden eagle hunting in the area this week.

I look for northern hawk owls daily but have not yet seen any, they should start appearing soon. There is probably a shortage of small rodents in the north of the country, but all the more here with us. Some summer cottage owners have caught hundreds of mice.

It has been a great time in the Gobackberget-Berttjärnhallen nature reserve, and we hope to finish the reserve boundary this week. With its varied nature and wilderness character, it is a nature reserve that I will gladly return to in the future, both at work and leisure.



Important protection

Nature Conservation Posted on Sat, October 31, 2020 12:59:19

During the current pandemic, it has suddenly become clear what a great resource protected nature area are for human recreation and well-being. We have more visits to our nature reserves than ever before.

I visited the Branäsberget nature reserve this week, a small, protected area around one of Sweden’s finest premises for long bearded lichen. When, in the eighties, I tracked lynx in what was then a fantastic wilderness, I could not in my wildest imagination imagine the tourist facility that exists in the area today. Hotels and holiday villages with room for over 10,000 guests, 22 ski lifts, lots of slopes and an ambition to double the facility within a few years.

 I prefer wilderness but there we are different; others want adapted facilities and a wide range of activities. That’s okay, there should be something for all of us, but it’s important to protect certain parts of our planet from exploitation. Biodiversity is not something you recreate on a coffee break.

Mangslidberg is an area I would like to see as a nature reserve. Fantastic bogs but unfortunately only remnants of the genuine forest that previously surrounded the area. Large-scale forestry has ravaged mercilessly.

I visited it this summer to look for a hill where I once found the first rendezvous place for wolves in the early eighties, when wolves returned to the area after disappearing for almost a century. I found no traces of wolves but all the clearer of humans. Someone had played with an ATV on one of the bogs and left tracks that will be visible for several decades to come. Unnecessary and irresponsible.

Work on the Gobackberget-Berttjärnhallen nature reserve will continue for a few more weeks, unless the snow falls again, of course. Then there will be a transition to predator inventory and tracking. Right now, there are plus degrees and it looks hopeful next week as well. Took a picture of Berttjärn (Bert Tarn) while I heard the first pine grosbeak pass yesterday.



Restaurant oiseau heureux

Everyday life Posted on Tue, October 20, 2020 16:01:54

Restaurant happy bird has opened for the season. Free buffet, no corona restrictions and perfectly timed, the snow is pouring down today.



Second-hand contract!

Bear Posted on Sat, October 10, 2020 11:41:33

Second-hand contract is offered for the winter, a room, without kitchen and toilet – not needed …

It has been a wet and rainy work week, but I found a very good rain cover for the lunch yesterday, cozy but a little nervous, trembled at the possibility that the landlord would show up!



Borderline

Nature Conservation Posted on Mon, October 05, 2020 06:27:00

A large part of the autumn will be devoted to work on the border of a fairly new nature reserve with the overall name; Gobackberget – Berttjärnhallen. 1170 hectares of pure wilderness.

It takes a lot of time to clear the 22.6 km border with a chainsaw, paint the nature reserve’s symbols on trees and carry out the poles needed to complete where suitable trees to paint on are missing.

The reserve is sometimes difficult to access. Bad gravel roads, sometimes very bad. Long distances to walk with heavy equipment over wet bogs or in steep and rocky terrain. Heavy working days but rewarding, often in the company of some talkative Siberian jay.

And the color palette is seductively beautiful …

It’s bear country. There are several examples of encounters with really big bears. We have not seen anyone here yet but are constantly finding signs of its presence. Exciting. A spice for the working day.



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