A porcupine in May


What happens to the porcupines in the Rio Grande Bosque, once springs arrives? Up to now I merely assumed that they're still in the treetops, but are hidden by all the leaves. This year I hope to verify that assumption. That's if I'm allowed in the Bosque. This spring it's very dry and there have been several incidents of arson. In response, the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District (MRGCD) is thinking of closing the bosque.


But one step at a time. The bosque canopy is in full leaf, so time to start testing my hypothesis that the porcupines are still there. On May 12 I found one fairly low down, splayed out and napping. It awoke in response to my thrashing through the brush, but other than opening its eyes it didn't move a muscle.