Back to Home and Nature - UPDATE January 9, 2020

I believe this picture of me with Mom Gerry was when she was telling me she’d “had a good life.”Gerry and LynnMom Gerry and Lynn

The next day, my sister Joyce (75) and I visited the old neighborhood where we grew up and a 5-acre field where our family raised organic vegetables to eat and for me to sell to raise money for college. At first we couldn’t find the old property. The field is now a forest, and the garden is now an upscale housing development. We also visited the stream where I spent a lot of time trout fishing before getting into photography in my 20’s and then bear research.

I’ve been thinking about Gerry and her rapid descent ever since I saw her, so it was nice to have Stripe the Mink waiting for me at our window when I arrived at the WRI today. She made 19 visits for bologna and one frozen deer mouse between 8:30 and 9 AM and another 5 visits for bologna between 3:30 and 3:45 PM.

American Goldfinches like this male in winter plumage spent the day high in a birch tree plucking seeds from catkins with occasional breaks for a course of sunflower seeds just outside the window.

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As great as the trip was, it’s good to be back home and working.

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