I’m so glad we get this extra week to finish this fantastic course. I loved this lesson - most was information I’d heard before, but as always the Mountains 101 team makes it enthralling.
- So mountain animals are furrier and stockier - no wonder they are cuter! Especially pikas. I loved that the entomologist described the mountain butterflies as having “nice furry bodies.”
- Llamas having the highest red blood cell counts made me wonder about their relatives (alpacas and vicunas) - and in fact it looks like all camelids have small RBCs which supposedly is one of the ways the dromedary is adapted to hot and arid climates. Evolution is so amazing!
- Ptarmigans eat snow and yaks have an extra pair of ribs!
- New-to-me species: New Zealand alpine cockroach, mountain yellow-legged frog, Banff longnose dace
- Great words: cryoprotectant, hibernaculum