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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Signs of Spring, including a Bear Den Video

As human society is grinding to a halt, springtime is unfolding right on schedule. It is comforting to see that our wildlife behaving like they do every spring.

Mountain bluebirds are making forays up to our mountain zone. They are occupying the areas where they will eventually nest. Their nesting meadows still have a deep covering of snow so the bluebirds come and go. We see them up here on warmer days but they retreat to lower elevation on colder days.

Some bears are waking up. These bear tracks that were a couple of days old by the time I saw them. I am hearing that a bear has begun raiding birdfeeders so it's time to bring them in or bear-proof them.

And, based on past years, we know that the bear cubs born this winter inside dens are beginning to explore the world just outside their den entrances. At the den that I monitored in 2016, April 10 was the day that the cubs escaped their mom's grasp and began exploring.

I think that the videos from that year will help us all to keep smiling. It is incredible to me to see the miracle of these cubs in the deep forest where there is so much snow. I'm going to share the videos sequentially this spring. Today's video is from the very beginning of the cubs' explorations outside the den.






21 comments:

  1. impressing... I love them so much.... even when they are not really cuddly like the plush bears ;O)

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  2. Spring, the time when we believe warmer days, flowers showing bright colours, and blue skies will all happen soon, the bear cubs are heralding in that season so well. Take care, rest in your quiet ,isolated ,safe place.

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  3. Nature is just incredible. Love that beautiful bluebird!

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  4. Hari OM
    OMG -that bird shot up top... sigh... oh yes, and love the bears! YAM xx

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  5. Thank you so much for this. In these difficult times, it's important to remember that life goes on, spring will come, cubs will be born and grow up. And a bluebird will make a soft landing in snow, creating a wonderful photo op for a skilled photographer.

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  6. We've had bluebirds around the yard and checking out our nest boxes but none have started nesting yet. It's fun to revisit the bear den videos. We hope there are other scenes like that playing out in your forest this year.

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  7. They really are a joy to see!

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  8. the bear tracks scare me to death, the bird is AWESOME, what a great capture of a beautiful little bird. so now we know mama bears have to put up with crying babies just like humans do. so cute and the mama has a beautiful face

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  9. Ohhhh that pretty bird is saying yikes my feets are frozen.
    Hugs Cecilia

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  10. We love seeing these beautiful photos of nature waking up for spring time that is here now. The mountain bluebird is so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing the great photos. Have a wonderful rest of your day.
    World of Animals

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  11. It seems children are the same everywhere - poor Mama Bear :)
    I saw bluebirds on a visit to Sedona, AZ. Their colour is incredible, and I thought they were so beautiful.

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  12. Reminds me of my grandson running away from his mom. I wonder where they think they're going as the snow is pretty deep for such little ones. :)

    Take care and stay well!

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  13. What great shots and I love the bear and her cubs. So precious.

    Have a fabulous day. Scritches to the pups. ♥

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  14. This day and age, there is much comfort knowing some things remain the same, like hungry bears waking up from a winter's sleep.

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  15. What a phenomenal capture you made in that photo of the bluebird!!!And you know how much we love seeing the videos of the bear cubs from that den.

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  16. The blue bird photo is aahhh-mazing! :-) I can only imagine how excited you were when you saw it! I'll look forward to seeing the videos of the bear cubs!

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  17. If the bears aren't using the dens can we? They look perfect for isolation.

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  18. Spring is making its appearance slowly, but with the whole mess going on in the world, it isn't as uplifting as usual.

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  19. What a beautiful bluebird shot! I love the little cries the bear cubs make!
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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