Mink, White Pine - UPDATE November 19, 2019

Stripe, the female mink, is coming about every day now. She takes bologna or mice under the front deck, out past the boiler shed, or down in the big brush pile. I think she is making this her winter headquarters. I hope she stays around until spring and has her 2-10 kits here so we can see them. Mink StripeMink StripeThey don’t come out, though, until they are weaned at 8 weeks, which would be mid-summer. That’s when they begin hunting for their own food. Maybe by then their mother will have given them a taste for bologna. We’ll see what happens.

Spencer sent this Bear Center trail cam picture and video of a buck about to chase a fisher away from the food a couple weeks ago. https://youtu.be/TYMElDIhyQw

Also sent to me recently, was this nice video showing Bob Leverett measuring and dedicating the 153-foot tall white pine the Eastern Native Tree Society named after me. Bob remarked that the tree has not increased in height for several years but has increased in girth (circumference a little over 11 feet) and surmises that that might also be true of me.

Deer and fisher on the NABC camDeer and fisher on the NABC camWhat I am wondering is when a tree will be named after Bob after all he has done to promote healthy forests as president of the Eastern Native Tree Society. The blurb by Bob that I put in the update of November 17 was the introduction to this video https://youtu.be/PFHS5mhIX1w about the dedication of the white pine that I’d like to go see and, of course, get together with Bob.

Bob and I first met back in the 1990’s when he heard about the nonprofit White Pine Society and my being named Minnesota’s Environmental Hero for “crusading to preserve and regenerate Minnesota’s depleted white pine forests.” We talked further, including about bears. He knows many people, and he put together my first black bear lecture tour to several New England universities. It became an annual tour that spread to all the New England states with a leader in each state putting together the schedule and logistics for his or her state. Bob was the overall coordinator. Bob and the people who made that all happen are still friends today. However, in about 2004, I shifted full time to making the North American Bear Center and doing Black Bear Field Study Courses that make bear missionaries out of participants who then spread the truth about bears in their home areas.

I miss the fun I had with Bob and his family and friends when I stayed and ate at his house a lot during the lecture years. Good memories. Bob deserves a tree more than anyone, and I’d like to put a bee in someone’s bonnet in that direction, if possible.

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