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Wildlife That Visit Our Wildlife Art Museum February 7, 2012  |  By Shawn Meisl

An ermine keeps Bob company while he shovels snow off the terrace outside. Bob has been a volunteer at the Museum for the past 16 years. The ermine seems to volunteer his time here as well, sharing Bob’s snow shoveling hours companionably.  Ermines (weasel family) change color with the seasons. So does the snowshoe hare. Ermines accessorize their white winter fur with a black-tipped tail while the snowshoe hare has black-tipped ears to accent its white winter fur. Cool, right?

Wildlife that visit our wildlife art museum – it’s a gorgeous juxtaposition. One evening, as I walked to my car, I turned to look for a newly placed deer and fawn sculpture, only to spot two real fawns making their way across the wintery landscape. I wished briefly for white fur so I could watch awhile longer but they darted off towards higher ground.

Image Credit: Gerard Curtis Delano (United States, 1890 – 1972), Snowshoe Rabbit, n.d.. Oil on Panel. 20 x 24 inches. JKM Collection®, National Museum of Wildlife Art. © Gerard Curtis Delano.

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