After the Podcast today, I got a post-birthday treat. At 80, I got to sit down with 22-year-old Ted,probably about equally old, considering human years and bear years, to say we liked each other. Sharon snapped the picture. That was before the snow hit.
Back at the WRI, the storm finally hit. Sunflower seed hearts were getting buried faster than a person could put them out. A red squirrel solved the problem of food and snow by climbing up to the old reliable feeder where I thought chickadees, siskins, and nuthatches would have their private seed supply where no squirrel could get. But this squirrel was enterprising. It did fancy athletics and in the instant I looked away found a way to get inside the feeder out of the snow with the seeds all to itself.
In Pennsylvania, I saw that officials said the cub is a boy. Someone asked my opinion. I hesitate to say anything because I’m never quite sure what I’m looking at. I especially hate to go out on a limb when the officials probably have more information than I have, but now, with this picture, I’m leaning toward the cub being a girl. Tomorrow, with another picture, I reserve the right to change my mind again.
It was fun doing the podcast.
A big thank you to all the volunteers.
Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center
Wildlife Research Institute
145 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731 USA