Lily, a Sharp-shin, Friendly Fox, 4K, and Wed Live - UPDATE October 10, 2017

Lily is still active. After being gone for 6 days, she was back feeding on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 8th. Gray FoxGray FoxWe’re looking forward to checking her den’s trail cam one of these days to see if she was there during her absence as we suspect.

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Blue JaySharp-shinned hawk dives, misses and sits as blue jay takes refuge in dense branches.

On this beautiful, cool (48°F) day, a sharp-shinned hawk made dozens of dives and chases after blue jays with many near misses but never a catch. I’ve never seen a catch in many hundreds of chases over the years here. The chases were mostly by juveniles, though, as was today. The blue jays dodged and often took refuge in the dense branches of a nearby balsam fir tree where the jays could easily out-maneuver the sharp-shin. At one point, the out-maneuvered hawk sat on a nearby branch (photo) after diving (photo) and missing yet another blue jay.

As I came in from the garage at the WRI, I saw one of the gray foxes ignoring me like it has been doing lately. So on my way back out, I grabbed the camera and took its picture from 36 feet away. It feels good to be regarded as safe by the wildlife around the WRI.Sumac leavesSumac leaves

Judy Thon bought a new 4K phone today to get top grade videos and photos of Ted, Lucky, Holly, and Tasha. I want to be able to look into the eyes of our bears when we watch videos of their activities. I looked up 4K and it is 4 times sharper than the current standard for high definition. I don’t know if the internet can handle that resolution. Judy sent the first picture she took with it—the red leaves of a sumac bush. Amazing.

With that in mind, I’m looking forward to seeing the 5K video that a film company from England took of Lily and her cubs this past spring. They will use it in a TV program and let us use it in the North American Bear Center. I’m imagining playing it life size on a big screen in the Cub Room with every hair sharp like the young viewers would see it in person.

4K4K comparisonI got a nice call from a man who works at a big Minnesota museum, and he went on about the passion that is evident everywhere in the Bear Center. He was absolutely right in everything he mentioned. I want to pass that on to the staff, the educators, the donors, and everyone who is part of making the Bear Center what it is and what it will be.

Tomorrow is Wednesday Live at 1 PM from the Bear Center with Sharon Herrell answering questions about the four bears.

Thank you for all you do.

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