Our Bears and More - UPDATE October 10, 2018

On this dark and rainy day, Scott and Sharon did a very informative 21-minute update DickDickon what’s happening at the Bear Center, especially with Ted, Lucky, Holly, and Tasha. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfA829WnwlY

With the wild bears, the adult males are mostly gone, as expected, being among the first to den up, as is also true for pregnant females, but Kimani and her 3 cubs and several yearlings are still fattening up. The one mature male who still puts in an occasional appearance is shy Dick, whose soulful face in the dark is nice to see. All the bears have become entirely nocturnal now.

Out the window, drake mallards are still changing from their summer brown to their green heads, white neck rings, and light-colored bodies that they will keep until after the mating season in spring. When the males are brown like females in summer, they still have yellow bills while females have dark bills.

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Dark-eyed juncos, a.k.a. “snowbirds,” continue to herald the inevitable snow. Today’s rain is turning to snow (33°F) as I write this at 7 PM.

Thank you for all you do.

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