What wonderful rains we have had! On Friday almost two inches of rain fell at QMNP. Saturday brought torrential rains for about half an hour. Depending on where you were at Lake Altus-Lugert you may have gotten ¾ inch, a whole inch or nearly two inches.
It is amazing how plants respond to rain. Friday morning I could almost see the grass at the Quartz Mountain Golf Course greening up. By Sunday morning many plants had shot up an inch or two. During the lighter rains, you could watch the cottontails and deer stroll from plant to plant nibbling off the tasty, tender new growth.
Many does are about to give birth. They are very plump and nearly waddling. It will be interesting to see, when the new fawns start tagging along in a couple weeks, how many twins and triplets were have.
Most healthy white-tail does have twins. First time mothers usually have a single fawn. If food conditions were very good and the doe healthy, she might give birth to triplets. In 2013, the prolonged drought seemed to have impacted the deer population. Only two or three sets of twins were seen regularly. Many does had just single fawns. Some does had no fawns.
Coming up next month:
Oklahoma’s Free Fishing days will be June 7 & 8.
The Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain will be June 14 – 29.