A Beautiful Day - UPDATE August 24, 2019

On this beautiful day, I walked the 30 yards down to the beaver dam and just looked for a few minutes. RC's Carter, 5/19RC's Carter, 5/19A beaver swam by a spot that turned out to be popular. A couple minutes later, a pair of mallards flew in and loafed in that exact place.

A highlight was seeing Carter, son of RC. People have asked about him as a favorite and I’ve said I haven’t seen him. Now I have, and he is as sweet now as he has ever been. This spring was family breakup for him. RC was resolute that the yearlings were going to stay away from her. However, today she stomped at him and he stood up to her. She was the one to leave. I wasn’t ready with the camera, but he has the same beautiful face as this spring, so I put in a picture from this spring to represent him.

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Two more pictures here from people in the recent Black Bear Field Study Course. Janet Shaw captured a super shot of a bear grabbing a couple hazelnuts with his tongue. Nobody knows exactly why it works—at least I don’t. They shoot out their tongue like a chameleon grabbing an insect, and hazelnuts stick to the tongue so firmly that the bear can pull them into its mouth in an instant—sometimes 6 or 8 nuts at a time. They curl the tip under and touch the nuts with the top of the tongue about an inch from the end. The tongue acts like it is sticky, but it doesn’t feel sticky. If anyone knows how this works, please let me know. I’m guessing that they can activate suction cups on that part of the tongue. Is that how chameleons do it? It’s a mystery to me.

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Linda Pottinger came through with amazing pictures before the group left. She snapped these pictures of a cub looking at a red-breasted nuthatch closer than one would think this little bird would tolerate, but pictures don’t lie.

A good day.

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