Lucky, Holly, Picnic, and More - UPDATE May 5, 2020

On this 13th anniversary of the opening of the North American Bear Center, Lucky and Holly got to celebrate by ending their long winter. Scott, Sharon, and Spencer were part of the occasion starting with their 10 AM live broadcast shown here in three 15-minute segments.

Lucky and HollyLucky and Holly during "Live at the NABC" broadcast
LIVE at the NABC Part 1 of 3 - May 5, 2020
LIVE at the NABC Part 2 of 3 - May 5, 2020
LIVE at the NABC Part 3 of 3 - May 5, 2020

On a less happy note, the Lilypad Picnic was been cancelled because of the pandemic, but many are looking forward to an online auction. During the year, people have donated nice items for an auction, and the Northwoods Bear Foundation team is planning an auction that is sounding popular, although it is disappointing that we’ll all miss catching up with the stalwarts who attend the picnic each July, organized by Linda, Jen, Jenn, and Sandie. For more info check their Website or Facebook page (Lilypad Picnic Fan Page - Sponsored by NBF) and/or email the team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

New male woodchuckNew male woodchuck Woodchuck eyeWoodchuck eye Herring gullHerring gull


Out the window, the male woodchuck that has been here for a little over two weeks loves his broccoli. The picture of his eye shows the window where he is watching me take his picture.

Red maple blossom femaleRed maple blossom femaleLike the male blossom a couple days ago, female red maple blossoms on a different tree are extending their pistils to catch pollen greetings from the male blossoms. The tips of these branches are also forming leaf buds.

Ruffed grouseRuffed grouseA ruffed grouse that we seldom see was eating beside the driveway, blending into the forest floor. I went outside to get this picture and moved slowly. Instead of running off, the grouse flattened onto the forest floor and then resumed pecking at the ground and eventually left at its leisure. They sometimes rely on their camouflage as they assess situations. I remember decades ago a pumped up male actually attacked me when I made a grouse drumming noise with my lips. I was lying down. To get a decent picture, I had to extend my hand for it to turn to the side to attack and then quickly pull it back to click a picture while he was still sideways to me. I could hardly believe his courage and aggressiveness.

I love the look of graceful gulls flying over looking down to see if there is any bologna available.

CookbookClick this text to view on web store

At the Bear Center, the ‘Cooking With Love’ cookbook that so many of you contributed recipes to is now available on the web store. Click here to order.

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