Pileated Woodpecker, Mink, Courses, White Pines, Nice Words - UPDATE November 17, 2019

On the female forehead color of the pileated woodpecker of a couple days ago, two of you did some digging and came up with a scientific article that was published in the American Ornithological Society’s professional journal “The Auk” in 1953. Entitled “Forehead color of the pileated woodpecker,” it describes a captive female pileated White Pine at sunriseWhite Pine at sunrisewoodpecker whose dark forehead became progressively more olive-brown and then yellowish-brown with each pre-nuptial molt until she was six years old and changed little after that. The yellowish-brown forehead I saw was the first I’d ever noticed. Thank you for the help. What a group!

Big day for red squirrels today—21 at one time. Stripe the mink visited, but 3 half-slices of bologna were enough for this little female this time.

Our cook for the courses, dear JM, caught a problem on our bearstudy.org website about accommodations for the courses. It mentioned bunk beds. We no longer have bunk beds. They are now all single beds—no climbing.

Today, I saw the newly completed 56:40-minute video on white pines created by the Eastern Native Tree Society and New England Forests. A trailer for the film is at https://newenglandforests.blogspot.com/2019/09/new-film-eastern-white-pine-tree-rooted.html. The film includes the history of white pines in bringing settlers to America from England and the major role they had in America’s first four centuries of development. I narrate the portion of it about the wildlife values of white pines--data that I developed as a U. S. Forest Service Research Scientist three decades ago—somewhat to my detriment—data that actually was confiscated by the USFS for a period back then before the top administrators who confiscated it were fired and my recommendations were accepted by the incoming administration. It was good to see this amazing video. I’ll post a link to it when I get permission.

It was also gratifying today as an 80-year-old to see nice words about my work for white pines written by Eastern Native Tree Society President Bob Leverett, who said:

“It is widely understood that Dr. Lynn Rogers has contributed much to our understanding of black bear behavior through his highly innovative methods. He is a true scientific pioneer. However, I feel especially grateful to Lynn for his understanding of the importance of mature white pines to black bears and then explaining it to the public. Lynn, more than any other scientist I know, came to understand this association and thus encouraged the protection of larger, older pines in Minnesota at a time when they were being eliminated with little thought to their roles other than as a timber species. Lynn well deserves the great white pine that we have dedicated to him in Mohawk Trail State Forest, Massachusetts. A great tree for a great man.”

I didn’t think I’d ever hear words like that! I couldn’t help but share them.

Thank you for all you do. I’m still reeling with the good feeling of support from you that went with GiveMN.

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