The pine marten is omnivorous, eating small mammals, birds, insects, carrion, frogs, reptiles, snails, crabs, echinoderms, barnacles, fruits, and berries, but relies on small mammals for most of the year.
Pine martens prefer nesting underground during the cold winter, but hollow trees, squirrel nests, abandoned bird nests, and rock crevices are also used as hideaways.
Pine martens forage extensively in treetops and on the forest floor throughout the summer and autumn in order to store their food and compensate for low winter resources.
Pine martens experience a “false heat” in late winter in which increased aggressive social behavior forces the dispersal of remaining young before the new litter is born.
On the island of Minorca, pine martens are habitat generalists and live in shrubland, rather than forests, possibly because of the absence of predators.
Pine martens are born blind, deaf, and toothless with thick, short fur and don’t begin emerging from the den until 7-8 weeks later.
The pine marten’s home range may have high individual and geographical size variation as estimates vary widely between studies.
The average lifespan of a pine marten in the wild is 10 years, but in captivity, they can live up to 17 years, averaging 15.
The pine marten inhabits forest habitats, including deciduous, mixed, and coniferous forest and prefers old-growth forest over young forest.
Pine martens are solitary except when young are in the nest, but can tolerate independent subadults that did not disperse in their first fall.
The pine marten (Martes martes) is a small, omnivorous mustelid native to the continental Eurasian area, from western Europe in the west to western Siberia in the east and from the northern edge of coniferous forest in the north to Asia Minor in the south. As an arboreal mammal, this creature is a skilled treetop hunter and adept climber with many physical adaptations that help it scale trees, such as a long tail, powerful forelimbs, and … Learn More
As the new year continues, the second annual FaunaFocus Holiday Art Trade has come to an end! A total of 17 participants collaborated to make the end-of-the-year holiday season even more merry. Each artist created an artwork that featured an animal species requested by another participant. Throughout December, participants received surprise gifts featuring their favorite animals. With an array of media and styles utilized, each artwork was a gift for all and… Read More
The holiday season is approaching and FaunaFocus wants to spread the cheer! Throughout the months of November and December, FaunaFocus will be hosting a Holiday Art Trade and all are welcome to join! Surprise someone with an animal-themed artwork of their choice and receive an artwork yourself, “Secret Santa” style! GET INVOLVED Sign Up: Submit your information using the form below by Friday, November 16th. Receive Email: On Saturday, November 17th,… Read More
The second FaunaFocus 24-Hour Host Train has come to an end! FaunaFocus partnered with the WWF-Australia‘s Wild-Livestream event and featured 11 different artists on Twitch over the course of 24 hours spanning the entirety of Saturday, October 20th. Each artist created artwork inspired by sea turtles, most focusing on the endangered green turtle and the critically endangered hawksbill turtle. Together, viewers and artists were able to raise $836 (including Mehvaro fundraising $185… Read More
FaunaFocus had another successful stream event on Twitch in support of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign! On October 19th, 2018, FaunaFocus hosted a CreateAlong featuring the hawsbill turtle. Using ballpoint pen and dried watercolor cakes, Noelle M. Brooks gave viewers a step-by-step view into how she creates realistic illustrations in ink and watercolor. Starting with a ballpoint sketch, she walked participants through using light, gentle strokes to create construction… Read More
FaunaFocus is hosting its second charity event on Saturday, October 20th, another 24-Hour Host Train taking place on Twitch! FaunaFocus Sea Turtle Host Train FaunaFocus is teaming up with the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to help save the endangered green turtle and critically endangered hawksbill turtle. The event will start Saturday morning at 12:00am (midnight) Central Daylight Time and continue for a full 24 hours. 10 different artists will be featured,… Read More
FaunaFocus had its first stream event on Twitch in support of the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) Wild-Livestream 2018 campaign! On October 13th, 2018, FaunaFocus hosted a SketchAlong featuring the hawsbill turtle. Studying several different positions of the turtle, including a side profile, top-down view, and even an extreme close-up of the reptile’s beautiful eye, viewers were given step-by-step instructions by Noelle M. Brooks on how to use photographic references to create anatomically-correct… Read More
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FaunaFocus has had another successful SketchAlong! Several viewers tuned in for the Twitch livestream on September 14th, 2018, and sketched along with Noelle M. Brooks as she led them through the proportions and anatomy of the Virginia opossum. Focusing on several different positions of the opossum, such as its well-known “playing possum” death feinting behavior, each participant worked with their own materials and interpreted the photographic references in their own recognizable style…. Read More
FaunaFocus recently focused on the spectacled bear during another SketchAlong. During a Twitch livestream, Noelle M. Brooks led viewers through exploring the proportions and anatomy of the spectacled bear. Starting with a full-body illustration, the study was then guided through the unique facial differences between several bear species, and concluded with a close-up of the bear’s enormous paws. FaunaFocus Calendar
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Constantly on the move, young graphic designer, illustrator, photographer, and web-developer, Dorelys Smits, also known as Adoris, finds herself going through Flemish, Belgium, the Netherlands, and all about the European continent. Born in Brussels, the capital of Belgium known as the melting pot of Europe, Dorelys currently resides in Dilsen, Belgium. As a self-taught, front-end web-developer, Dorelys enjoys working in multiple creative fields including illustration, drawing, digital art, design, web development, and even photography.
Happy World Penguin Day, everyone! World Penguin Day is an annual celebration of penguins that happens on April 25th of each year. This date coincides with the annual northward migration of penguins. Celebrate World Penguin Day with FaunaFocus this week! Free-For-all Don’t forget about this month’s Free-For-All competition. Submit your African penguin-inspired artwork by 12:00pm (Noon) CDT on Friday, April 27th and tune in on Saturday, April 28th at 9:00pm CDT… Read More