Tasha has Energy to Burn - UPDATE March 27, 2021

Nice music videos are coming in of Ted and Tasha getting their first meals of the year today.Dark-eyed junco male

Ted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXXbyYSzaek

Tasha: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMnb6ezB4Io

Other videos show Tasha with energy to burn in the last couple days. This seems a little early, and from a few hesitant steps, I’m wondering if she still has some work to do on her foot pads. She sure has energy. She has come through the winter in fine shape.



Common redpoll male  Common redpoll female


Yesterday, Spanky pulled the plug on his sound, which isn’t needed that much in his situation, but we’re looking for an opportunity to see how to get it going again. We’re watching for him to take a walk, as he has been doing, so I can go there without interfering with his normal activities.

Woodchuck maleOut the window here at the WRI, snow is back. Dark-eyed juncos are here in number now, which is appropriate because they are also called Snowbirds. They come through in the fall about the time snow begins, and then come back north about when snow is ending. I hope it ends with this snowstorm, although maybe I should take that back because we need moisture in the soil for spring growth and berry production.

Redpolls are also here in number. The male is showing his pink breeding plumage on his chest; and the female, of course, shows none of that.

The male woodchuck (who should be named Chuck?) looked cute cocking his head looking at me in the window with his buck teeth before the snow came.

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