Signs of Spring - UPDATE March 20, 2017

Signs of spring include foot prints of Ted out foraging in his pen on this first day of spring, and an early riser visiting a bird feeder 3 miles north of Ely the evening of March 16.  Teds footprintsTeds footprintsToday, trumpeter swans were sitting on the ice of a lake just 5 miles from here.  No lakes are open around here yet.  

A Lily Fan asked about bread being bad for birds.  I hadnt heard that but looked it up.  Moldy bread is toxic to some birds.  

A Lily Fan asked if any bears have gone through life without having cubs.  I only know that in Ontario a bear had her first cubs as late as 11 years old. 

Out the window, birds looked good in the late afternoon light.  

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Chickadee Red-breasted nuthatch Red-breasted nuthatch

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

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