Tasha, Ted - UPDATE March 31, 2018

Tasha is up and behaving like a wild bear, making a bed. A Lily Fan captured shots of her working during the night doing things that practically no one sees in the wild. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GSJLR3avpkM.ChickadeeChickadee

Tasha is trying to make a bed at the base of a white pine, as is typical for bears in this area. But Tasha is from Kentucky. Her schedule is different from Minnesota bears that stay in dens longer. Tasha on pondTasha on pond 3/29/18It’s hard to make a bed in the snow. Tasha can’t rake up grass and moss and leaves yet. She is doing the best she can digging sticks out of the ground, perhaps to chew into bedding. The PTZ camera is amazing, and it can home in almost unbelievably in the hands of a skillful pondchat moderator. The photo is the one that was supposed to be in last night’s update.

Ted is getting treats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eISTONeL0v0.

The picture of June and Lily from April 22, 2007 looks even more gripping when it is cropped so the emphasis is on their faces and snuggle. It’s a screen capture from a video.June and LilyJune and Lily 4/22/07

Out the window, another chickadee demonstrated grabbing a meal on the fly: land, grab, and go.

Red squirrel on the moveRed squirrel on the moveA squirrel on the move makes one think of how quickly they can move, eyes focusing on what they will grab using claws and agility so quickly that it is hard to comprehend how they can make decisions at that speed.

I’m constantly amazed at what these critters can do—how chickadees can wind through branches manipulating their wings to avoid the branches and keep flying. Abilities a flightless human can’t fathom.

Thank you for all you do.

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