Animals

5 February Wildlife Hikes to Feel the Love

Humans aren't the only species making moves this month. Hike these five trails to see wildlife trying to get a little action.

Humpback whale

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After migrating south in winter, male humpbacks serenade females with whale songs, which can be heard more than 20 miles away. The more impressive the tune, the more likely Miss Whale is to oblige. See it 2-mile Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail, Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline, HI

Gray wolf

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It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there: Only the most popular, most attractive alpha male in each pack gets to mate. In a pack of up to 20 animals, the alpha male will select his consort and get after it in winter. See it 11-mile Round Lake Hiking Trail, Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, WI

River otter

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This single mom has one thing on her mind: making babies. She delivers a litter in March or April, then immediately sets to the water to find the next lucky bachelor. The more (babies) the merrier. See it 7-mile Outlet Trail, Keuka Lake, NY

Bald eagle

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When it comes to finding a mate, Mr. Bald Eagle is nothing short of dramatic. In winter, he takes to the sky to dive and cartwheel, hoping his moves lead to a wife for life.
See it 3.2-mile Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenways Trail, Susquehanna State Park, MD

Coyote

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Any loving relationship is a lost cause without loyalty, faithfulness, and commitment. Coyotes know this well, as they stick together beyond winter breeding season to raise their litter together in the spring. See it 6.4-mile San Tan Trail, San Tan Mountain Regional Park, AZ

Eastern chipmunk

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Miss Cheeks could have her own reality show on prime-time TV: Female Eastern chipmunks find love connections with multiple partners during each of their separate spring and summer mating seasons. After all that, they raise their litters as single mothers. See it 5-mile John Rock Loop, Pisgah National Forest, NC