Lucky, Judy, Fawn, Gulls, and Jane - UPDATE June 1, 2018

This 37-second video of Lucky sets the standard for exercise as he hefted his 409-pound body up the “Pat” tree for a treat laying downFawn laying down

For me, it was a desk day. My only exercise was getting up when I felt sorry for different gulls who took turns watching me through the window. When I’d finally get up, all but one would fly to the usual feeding spot to wait for the tossed bologna. Herring gullHerring gullEach one reacts differently. One flies off when the bologna comes flying but circles around and lands to eat. Another starts to fly but somehow twists in mid-air to get the prize without circling. One knows to stay by the window because it knows I will carry it over and lay it down for him there. My favorite is the catcher who turns and faces me squarely when I open the door, using both eyes to judge the flying bologna for a good catch.

Fawn by Judy McClureFawn by Judy McClureJudy McClure had a wildlife interaction today that she will never forget. She saw a newborn fawn in her yard, along with a mother and two yearlings.Various authorities say the birthing time is May 30 or June 1. I’d always heard June 1 as the average date. This wobbly fawn saw Judy and walked over and sniffed her leg and then lay down. Judy has the pictures to prove it. By then, the mother and yearlings that are very tame in that neighborhood had wandered off. A few minutes later, the mother was back alone, collected her fawn, and disappeared. I was surprised the yearlings were with the presumed mother at first. Fawning time is also family break-up time. But we know from bears that family breakup can happen in any number of ways.

The highlight for my day was a very nice supportive email from Jane Goodall.

A gull is beckoning.

Thank you for all you do.

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