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More Bears, Birds, and Beauty - UPDATE August 1, 2018

RC and her three cubs made their first appearance of the year yesterday and today LilyLilyLily fulfilled the a dream of some of the course participants, and other bears showed us a variety of behaviors and personalities. Discussion and presentations filled in the gaps. A wonderful time of fun and learning. The look Lily gave me this morning made one of my favorite pictures of her.

I've never seen such a flock of hummingbirds. Blossoms are waning and fledglings have added their numbers. Around the 2 hummingbird feeders, it's a constant buzz of competition with 5 to 10 ruby-throated hummingbirds in view at once. Most are fledglings as shown by their streaked throats. Hummingbirds must have had a baby boom here in this spring with so many blossoms (nectar) that produced so many berries.

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The berries in the picture are chokecherries (Prunus virginianus) that are unusually abundant this summer. Scats are filled with them. They have a terrible astringent taste but are a favorite bear food.

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The red head on this purple finch shined brightly.

After a month, I finally got my dial tone back today and can again use the land line. Things are finally back to normal after the storm of a little over a month ago.


Thank you for all you do.

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

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