Turns out that our harsh winter isn't just 'our' harsh winter. Vancouver Island marmots, a critically endangered species that's being actively managed to recover the species from the brink of extinction. A recent newspaper article describes the problems that the recovery team has faced this summer: too much snow, bad weather, and an inability to re-introduce captive-born marmots.
Fingers crossed. The recovery, to date, has been successful, but setbacks could be profound this summer.