Good Evening Tonight - UPDATE January 14, 2019

This evening will be a fun time feeling the enthusiasm for nature from grad students from all over America and a few foreign countries. Gray fox - 2017Gray fox - 2017These are students who use their Christmas break to learn more. They join an educator from the Audubon Center of the Northwoods who sets up a tour for good learning about an array of species. I am thankful they come to the Bear Center for bears and a Q&A with me. They go to the Wolf Center for wolves and a Q&A with Dave Mech, and to many other places in the Upper Midwest. I always start by saying I don’t have anything prepared and that I won’t know what to say if they don’t ask questions. Then it starts—students piggy-backing on each other’s questions for as long as the leader lets it go—an hour or hour and a half. I’m trying to remember to bring a tape recorder because they bring out stories and thoughts I might not have otherwise, and I want to remember them for the book. These groups are great for finding interns who want to go the extra mile to learn.

While I was getting ready just now, the fox stood up and looked at me through the window a couple feet away. I was too slow going out with bologna, and he or she left. I couldn’t help but say Here fox, here fox, and it came. This was the first time I tried calling. This morning, when I backed the pickup to within the front deck steps, a mink (Stripe) sat calmly on a step. I went up the other steps to the second floor as the mink kept watching. By the time I got bologna out of the refrigerator, Stripe was starting up the steps. He or she knows the program.

A neighbor a half mile away had no foxes during the snowy cold a week or so ago, but they’ve drifted back in. He feeds more than I do and has more minks and foxes than I do. I love this nature-loving community.

Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center