Ted, Holly, Tasha, Leaf-out, and More - UPDATE May 15, 2019

It was a good day at the Bear Center. It started calmly enough with Ted resting and a snowshoe hare coming near in the safety of his enclosure—no foxes, no bobcats, just nice Ted.Ted and HareTed and Hare

Then Holly took on the task of rearranging the logs in the pond as captured in this 1-minute video by Taught By Bears https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jeOWKR7Eng

Then Linda and Sharon caught this intriguing video of Holly and Tasha’s interactions. https://youtu.be/VvFKO8uyRa4

This 74°F day was the first I noticed crowns of green as many kinds of trees started to leaf out. I must have missed something earlier with my odd hours of driving to and from the WRI. The pictures show small quaking aspen leaves and the bursting bud of hazel leaves. I often have said that the forest looked like summer on May 17—not this year, though, with the leaves just starting.

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Peggy caught an unusual interaction between a red squirrel and a male pine siskin. I don’t know why the siskin didn’t fly away.

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