Ted, Shadow, and More - UPDATE May 27, 2020

I don’t know who arranged Ted’s big tub next to the chipmunk’s little tub, but it was the nicest action of the day. Ted and the chipmunkTed and the chipmunkTed and the chipmunk, with Ted’s tolerant disposition and the chipmunk’s trusting disposition. As I was getting to trust bears, I began thinking of them as a lot like chipmunks and chickadees that are quick to trust and not as much like the more closely related dogs I met as a mailman by in the 1960s. On the other hand, one of the joys of the job were the dogs that joined with me and followed me to 20200527 Yellow bellied sapsuckerYellow-bellied sapsuckerthe end of my route and then went back to their homes. I still have a picture of Pixie who liked to chase squirrels up trees and look at me as if I was supposed to do something to help. This is a 48-second video from "Taught" of Ted and the Chipmunk in their twin tubs. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8ddJjYBZAE

Out the window, a yellow-bellied sapsucker stopped by and showed me how beautiful his head and neck are. I don’t like the name yellow-bellied for this beautiful bird. When you look up yellow-bellied in the dictionary, it says cowardly, but I don’t know of another name for this bird.

Word came on Sunday without certainty, but today it’s official. Shadow was seen clearly last night now at the age of 33. No picture from this year yet. The news gives a calming feeling. Her known descendents number around 300, minus known and unknown deaths, plus any litters we might have missed. Several of us are working on picture ID catalogs for this largest bear clan ever recorded. It is amazing that the matriarch is still alive as the second oldest black bear on record.

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