by Carl Strang
Last Friday a doe and her newly spot-free fawn appeared at the edge of the prairie at Mayslake Forest Preserve.
I am guessing that this is the fawn that was so successfully hidden on the preserve through the summer, though it is possible that this pair came onto the preserve to find respite from the frantic nuttiness of the rut.
Another mammalian development was the sudden appearance of a new muskrat house in the parking lot marsh.
The other main marsh, in the stream corridor, had dried out earlier in the fall, but did not remain so for long.
For the most part otherwise, the routine shutting down into winter has characterized the state of the preserve in the past month.