Mating Season - UPDATE March 22, 2019

A neighbor called that mink were already mating in his yard this past Monday. Here, we saw a larger mink, obviously a male, in addition to the two females that are here off and on every day.Mink named ClearMink named Clear

Pine siskin males are showing their devotion to their mates by feeding them. None of it caught in a picture except that this mink gave me a good look at her chin patch that gives her the name Clear.

The woodchuck is out a lot, and it is mating season for them. The males come out early and travel to find mates.

A raccoon also visited a few nights ago.

I didn’t hear of any more escapades by Tasha, so I don’t think her one-day exploration will count as the official beginning of her year, but she is from Kentucky where winters are shorter. I wonder how long the mother and cub will remain under the deck in Pennsylvania. The single cub is likely getting lots of milk and getting ever more agile.

I mentioned last night that some bears learn to ignore thunder and gunshots, but we have to think of a bell-shaped curve on most behaviors. Some climb the tallest white pines to escape thunder and lightning, which could put them at risk for lightning strikes.

Tonight is date night. Donna and I are going to a church fish fry.

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