Ted, Antlers, and Love of Nature - UPDATE March 15, 2020

It is always good to see sweet Ted—especially now as we approach spring and he becomes more active. Ted stretchingTed stretchingThe red squirrels there appreciate that we’re leaving the roof of the barn open and keep the feeders filled. Deer Fork HornDeer Fork HornWatching Ted and the pond cam helps protect all of us against corona virus unless we are watching in groups.

I feel blessed to be able to spend so much time in a community that is a haven for nature—where neighbors call one another with news of sightings. Today at the WRI I got a call from a resident who had 51 deer in his yard, including the fork horn young buck that has kept his antlers longer than any other deer in the area. Today, a little after 5:30 PM, he dropped one, and I had to make a quick jaunt to snap proof. I believe it is the same buck that was in an update for still having his antlers a month ago (February 15). In that yard, the first antler to drop was from a 10-point buck on December 8.

Red squirrel Red Squirrel in feeder Red Squirrel in feeder

Not to be outdone by 51 deer (I only see 7-10 at a time), I bragged about having 18 red squirrels on the second floor deck at the same time.

Sometimes, I hate to leave my desk. While I was snapping the picture of the deer, I missed a visit by a mink. Hard to know what to do sometimes. Looking forward to spring.

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