Bears and Birds - UPDATE October 6, 2018

Bears and birds are my two favorite subjects. Birds that came to a mulberry tree outside my bedroom window as I was growing Rusty BlackbirdRusty blackbirdup sparked my lifelong interest in them, even writing about them. See https://www.bearstudy.org/website/publications/published-papers.html and click on any highlighted title to see the whole paper. The rusty blackbird picture was supposed to be in last night’s update.

For bears, you know the story. They’ve been a big part of my life these past 50+ years, and this past year has been a great one seeing bears of known history as we watched various individuals over the decades. These are bears that we don’t hear about from anyone. They come, they go, and they are wary. Now, bear sightings are dwindling. I look forward to next year and the joy of seeing each familiar bear reappear to a sigh of relief. Some will have new cubs. Some will have yearlings that made it through the winter. The story of reproduction and survival in the clan will go on. Lily, Ursula, Donna, and Braveheart are among those that should have cubs. I’ve kind of given up on Shadow (now 31) having more cubs. She already holds the record for the oldest black bear to produce cubs. What brought this paragraph on is that we’re nearing the end of the year for seeing bears. But I can never be sure. Two cubs (Stratton and Quill) who were orphaned or separated from their mothers continued coming to one feeding station or another in the community into mid November in recent years.

Thank you for all you do.

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

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