Ukelily, Bears, and Wildlife - UPDATE September 19, 2018

Donna and I were glad to see former DNR commissioner Al Garber and former Assistant Commissioner Kim Garber a few days ago with Ukelily. Lynn, Kim, and Al GarberLynn, Kim, and Al GarberThese friends wanted me to say “Thank You” to everyone who voted for her. It is always so good to see these two and remember all they did for bears, the Bear Center, and me. We had a good time. I saw a piece about them in the Bio that Deb Isaacs is writing as follows with quotes from Al’s book of memoirs: “However, there was a hurdle. When Rogers requested a DNR research permit to use radio collars, the DNR’s bear biologist and his supervisor asked DNR Commissioner Allen Garber to deny Rogers a research permit, saying his research is “unorthodox and dangerous” and that “Lynn approached adult bears and interacted with them in a dangerous manner.” Garber wrote in his memoir that his employees’ requests “perked my interest.” He visited Rogers, observed his work, and gave him a permit that made possible all the research and education that followed in Rogers’ career, including the North American Bear Center. In an email, the commissioner wrote, “Your research, especially about feeding bears and reducing the incidences of nuisance bears, is important. I would like to know how that research proceeds.” “ I will forever be thankful for his quiet strength and the opportunity he provided. I am also thankful to Lily Fans who voted their thank you’s to them.

Here in the woods, driving to work on September 15, a bird sat in the middle of a gravel road as if injured. I stopped and found that it was just reluctant to fly. It turned out to be a juvenile broad-winged hawk eating earthworms on the road. I didn’t know they ate earthworms, but they are listed as a food. I was too slow to get a picture of the hawk, only one of the earthworms.

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That same day, a 3½-month-old white-tailed deer fawn that was browsing along the WRI driveway showed its new post-juvenile coat without spots.

Today, a male mallard in the yard was halfway through its molt from summer brown to the green head and pretty body feathers we all recognize as a male mallard.

Thank you for all you do.

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