Happy Birthday to Ted - UPDATE January 17, 2017

Ted turned 20 today! May he have many more.

Ted turns 20!Ted turns 20!People who know Ted say he doesn’t have a mean bone in his body. He greets people with friendly sounds (grunts and tongue-clicks) and settles in with a person or the behind-the-scenes crowds with complete comfort and confidence. People love him, and Ted loves them back.

ChickadeeChickadeeWe are now in the peak period of birthing here in the Northwoods. Lily gave birth on January 22, 21, and 12 in 2010, 2011, and 2013. She should be having her cubs soon, if not already. I hope we get a Den Cam permit for next winter.

We had been planning to get a cub for the Bear Center this winter, but we’ve not heard whether or not we could get one for sure. We are now thinking that might be just as well. Waiting a bit will give us more time to plan. More on that later.Deer runningDeer running

AGray jayGray jayt the Wildlife Research Center, birds seemed happy. The warmer weather, right around freezing, meant they could more easily peck pieces of suet. For a treat, we warmed a big piece of suet in the microwave. A pair of gray jays quickly found it and made many trips with their throats crammed full of good-sized pieces. Gray jays are famous for gluing food to branches with saliva.

A white-tailed deer that trotted past would probably be unhappy to see the awkward pose the camera captured.Red-breasted nuthatchRed-breasted nuthatch

Audubon groupAudubon groupLast night was a great night sharing the enthusiasm of 32 college students at the Bear Center. They asked thoughtful questions and several showed strong interest in becoming interns this summer. We are looking for 8 interns to get 500 hours of experience at the Bear Center and Wildlife Research Institute this summer and receive stipends of $1,200 each.

Thank you for all you do.

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