One of the greatest satisfactions of being part of the Bison Hillock task force is the amount of insight we gain every day. We learned a lot about the trees and flora of the Țarcu Mountains and this helps us to better understand the wildlife and nature.
In the past few days, together with Alba and Duncan we started walking around the bison’s favourite areas, especially those neighboring some old semi-abandoned properties scattered around the hills. We were there to collect information. What kind of information? “Bison browse data” and a thorough tree inventory. What trees do bison debark, what do they prefer most, how much bark do they consume? We record the species, age, size of the damage, put those into a database then calculate quantities with a touch of math 🙂 It is a known that a big part of the bison diet is made of bark but soon enough we will come back with fresh insights on what they like most after having adapted to some extent to life in the wild in the Southern Carpathians.
Keep close for news on this ongoing process.
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Text and photo by Daniel Mîrlea