We Won!!! - UPDATE July 7, 2018

It's official. A contest official emailed the Garbers that they won and will get the $1,829.00 (listed on the site for $1,499.00) Pono ukulele from Hawaii in a few days. Click to view. Tasha shedding her winter coatTasha shedding her winter coatThey said they had checked out the voting, knew about the Lily Fans and their support for the Garbers, and that the Garbers had done a lot to promote bear research and education. They wrote that they were glad it was going to people like them.

Meanwhile, I've been looking at names Lily Fans have suggested. So far, I like "Lily's Hope" because I think it will be a conversation starter when people ask the Garbers how the ukulele got that name. And what a story to tell!

Here at the Wildlife Research Institute, we are still without a land line, internet/email/WiFi, and am told it will not be fixed until July 20th or maybe even the 24th. The phone people can't predict. So I'm not fully up on what is going on, but I understand that the Pond Chatters have been capturing good action videos of the four bears:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r_2gwKJN30 - Holly in a climbing mood! - 7/5/18
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bm4AzBgwdw8 - Tasha Enjoys the NABC Pond ~ 7/7/2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HFngoAjujXw - Ted Cooling Off - July 6, 2018
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EdO3gfdnNio&t=7s - Ted Cooling Off - less crisp but longer video - July 6, 2018

I'm looking forward to the Black Bear Field Courses that start tomorrow.

To write this update, one person is waiting to take a picture of my computer screen to send it on to Linda McColley to transcribe and post. Another is sending Linda the video links to add.

Shadow was spotted just now for the first time this year. Anxious to see if she is lactating.

Thank you for all you do. And thank you for showing our appreciation to the Garbers with your votes.

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