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Connor Baldwin on Photographing the Bison

According to public relations professional Connor Baldwin, the Bison is a native animal of British Columbia that he loves to photograph. This stately beast, a member of the bovine family, is sometimes referred to as a buffalo. There are two versions of bison that are native to the region, the Plains Bison and the Wood Bison. Both species can reach an astounding seven hundred twenty-five kilograms, and they live for as many as forty years. Even though the bison is quite large, it can move very fast. Scientists and wildlife experts have clocked the bison moving at speeds up to fifty-five kilometers per hour.

Though they are a member of the bovine family, the bison does not bear too much resemblance to the cow or steer. These graceful creatures are covered in shaggy brown fur, with an abundance of the coat crowning the head and shoulders similar to a lion’s mane. The bison has shorter legs than many bovines, but their large humped back makes up for the height loss. Petite black horns adorn their faces, near the eyes, and are used solely for defense. Their eyesight is somewhat poor, through their sense of smell and hearing rivals many other animals. The female bison, referred to as a bison cow, has a smaller neck that is more cylindrical. The male bison, or bison bull, has a large blocky neck and overall more size than the female.

Connor Baldwin says that photographing the bison is not difficult if you know where and when to look for them. As they eat grasses as their primary diet, any areas with an abundance of grass are a great place to start. Fortunately, the bison does not have any trouble finding food, even in the harshest winter months. They have the ability and strength to sweep their heads back and forth over the snow, much like a broom, to find the grass that is hidden below.

 
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Posted by on January 26, 2016 in Connor Baldwin

 

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Canadian Fur Trade History with Connor Baldwin

The beaver is not only a symbol for the country of Canada, it is also an important part of its history, explains Connor Baldwin. This member of the rodent family has represented the Canadian culture for more than three hundred years, and is greatly appreciated in the area. When the first European explorers reached Canadian soil, they were seeking new land as well as items for trade. These explorers were hoping to find items like spices and produce, and were sorely surprised to discover an arctic landscape that did not support such growth. What they did find was the beaver. Near the end of the 17th century, the beaver population was immense, meaning there were millions of the furry animal roaming freely throughout the land. This made for relatively easy capture or hunting of the animal.

The one thing that the beaver could offer to the explorers that was more precious than spices was its pelt. Fur was the height of fashion at the time, especially with the royals in Europe. The beaver pelt was the right size for the creation of fur covered hats, which were all the rage. Capitalism took hold quickly with such a large supply and greater demand. People such as King Henry the Fourth of France had hats created for his own personal use, and the trend just seemed to skyrocket from there. Everyone wanted a fur hat similar to the king’s, and they were willing to pay a pretty penny for it. In many cases, the people of Europe were paying a two hundred percent markup on the cost of skinning, treating, and molding the fur into a hat shape. Today, Connor Baldwin only takes photographs of the beaver, but he knows that without this animal, Canada would not have become as prosperous.

 
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Posted by on January 19, 2016 in Connor Baldwin

 

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Exploring the Avian Community of Vancouver with Connor Baldwin

Connor Baldwin, a public relations and media agent in Vancouver, is very familiar with the many species of birds that live in the area. Part of his job entails photographic safaris where he spends his days and nights trying to capture the best images of the native Vancouver wildlife. He states that there are many migratory birds that call Vancouver home each year, though there are a specific eight species that can be found nearly year round in the region.

The Blue jay and the Great Blue Heron are two great examples of Vancouver birds. These species are incredibly common, and can be viewed throughout most of the year. The Blue jay, which is not actually blue in color, but just appears so to be by the human eye, is an aggressive species that is not often skittish around humans. The Great Blue Heron, is the largest heron found on the North American continent, and is often more gray in color than blue.

Connor Baldwin

Connor Baldwin

Canadian Geese and Pacific Loons are also prevalent in the area of Vancouver. Both of these bird species flock in the thousands around the region to nest and lay eggs each year. The Canadian Goose is proprietary, and will lay eggs in the same nest each year, commonly using the exact nest that they were hatched in themselves. The Pacific Loon is a very sociable bird, and does not shy away from having its photograph taken.

The four larger predatory bird species that Connor Baldwin gets to capture on film are the Peregrine Falcon, the Spotted Owl, the Snowy Owl, and the Great Bald Eagle. While these four are harder to spot and photograph, they are definitely worth the wait and patience. Baldwin always appreciates the chance to take pictures of these majestic birds each year.

Also can read: Connor Baldwin: Tips For Novice Rock Climbers

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in Connor Baldwin

 

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Connor Baldwin Discusses the Bears of British Columbia

As a media and public relations agent for the Canadian Province of British Columbia, Connor Baldwin has spent many years photographing the bears of the region. There are two distinct species of bear that are native to British Columbia, the Grizzly Bear and the Kermode Bear. Each of these bear species are unique, and important to the wildlife and ecology of their habitat.

Connor Baldwin

Connor Baldwin

The Grizzly Bear, or Ursus arctos horribilus, is the second largest land based carnivore in all of North America. It has a life expectancy of twenty years, and the average male Grizzly Bear can reach an astounding three hundred fifty kilograms. While there are many bears that have the same brown coloring as the Grizzly, these are easily spotted due to their anatomy. The Grizzly Bear has a large hump or protrusion on its back, near the area of the shoulder blades. This mass of tissue and muscle helps to support the enormous front legs of the bear. Other distinctive characteristics of the Grizzly Bear include a concave snout, extremely long claws, and poor eyesight. Though dark brown is the most commonly viewed fur color, the Grizzly can be any shade from ivory to nearly black.

The Kermode Bear, also known as the Ghost Bear or Spirit Bear, is a cultural symbol for the British Columbia Province. This white bear is actually a black bear that carries a recessive gene. Both of the Kermode Bear’s parents must carry the gene for their offspring to have the white fur. At times, the Kermode Bear will appear very white and furry, especially after having just shed its yearly coat. Connor Baldwin says that as time passes each year, the bear gets dirty from living in the wild and eventually starts to look more brown or dingy.

 
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Posted by on January 6, 2016 in Connor Baldwin

 

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