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Late Frost - UPDATE May 29, 2021  

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After three nights with temperatures between 23 and 27° Fahrenheit, I wondered what might happen to local berries that bears would be eating soon. Late frosts and droughts are the two main reasons for bear food shortage. During these three days, chokecherry (Prunus virginiana) blossoms fell to the ground. We will see what happens. Juneberries (Amelanchier sp.) were living up to their local name, having formed small berries that would likely ripen in June. We’ll see if they continue to grow and ripen.

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Blueberries (Vaccinium angustifolium) looked more fragile. One bush had shriveled blossoms and small berries, some of which were already turning blue despite their small size. Another bush had blossoms that were just turning into berries. We’ll see what happens to the blueberry crop, too.

Out the window, a herring gull had a peek-a-boo moment as it was stopping by.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center


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