Ted, Lucky, Holly - UPDATE March 23, 2018

Lily Fans captured video of Ted, Lucky, and Holly today as they get ever closer to becoming active: Observing Polar BearObserving Polar Bear

Lucky in his doorway 3/23/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEE5IcHnA9o

Ted- snooping and snow snacking 3/23/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJMO3JtJrmI

Holly snow snacks 3/23/18 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJZH4eoblVg

Question: What kind of camera do you and Peggy use?
Answer: For most of the pictures out the window it’s a Nikon D750 camera body with an AF-S Nikkor 200-400mm 1:4GIIED lens with a Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-14EII 1.4X extender. For close-up details, it’s a little Canon G11 that is super for very close-up shots. Peggy prefers to use the Nikon body with a smaller lighter AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2.8GII ED lens. I sit at my desk with the camera on my desk off to the side on top of a box aimed out the window, so when there is action, I just point and shoot and am happy when it turns out and I can see a bit of nature pulled in with the long lens in better detail than I can see with the naked eye. Always looking for the old familiar animals to show up. Today, the mink was back checking up on the second floor deck but gone before I could do anything. Last night it was a flying squirrel eating sunflower seeds but no picture. Today, it was a woodchuck running back under the front deck just like I saw on March 8.

No update tomorrow night. Donna and I are driving to Minneapolis to see and hear Jane Goodall and talk with her about a possible little venture with polar bears. It’s been over 35 years since I’ve walked with polar bears. Could be fun and exciting. The picture shows the setting. We’ll see what happens. It would help the Bear Center.

Thank you for all you do.

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