2002-12-07 - ENTS honors Lynn Rogers for his work with white pines and bears

Lynn obtained approximate locations of the dens of the six radio-collared bears before the November deer season and will check again to see if they are still in the same places now after deer season.  He is waiting until they are into their deepest hibernation in a week or so to make sure that his visit does not disturb them.   

At the Research Center near Ely, MN, temperatures are far below freezing and six inches of snow covers the ground.  Lynn is catching up on paper work, Donna Phelan is busy as always, and Sue Mansfield is updating the web site. 

The bird feeders at the Research Center are alive with activity.   Star attractions are pine martens, deer, flying squirrels, red squirrels, and gray jays.  A big mink crosses the yard occasionally.  Wolves and coyotes howl from the forest.   Pine grosbeaks, red crossbills, and northern shrikes have migrated south to the Research Center, and eagles are still flying over on their way further south.  A wayward grackle that should have migrated three months ago showed up a couple days ago, but is having a hard time competing with blue jays at the feeder.  Chickadees and nuthatches are surprisingly scarce at the feeder so far.    The family of pileated woodpeckers that frequented the feeder through the summer stays in the woods now.  

Lynn was delighted to learn that the Eastern Native Tree Society (ENTS) named one of the biggest white pines in the nation after him in recognition of his work with white pines and bears.  The tree is in Massachusetts in the Lakota Grove within a stand called the Trees of Peace.   Robert Leverett of the ENTS said that it is especially appropriate to name a tree in the Lakota Grove after Lynn because the Lakota recently recognized Lynn as the protector of bears via a painting by Lakota artist Tom Cheyenne.