For a while now, I have considered writing about the controversy surrounding Dr. Lynn Roger’s black bear research and whether collared bears should be protected from hunting. I haven’t done so yet because I haven’t formed a solid opinion, can see both sides of the argument, and am not a bear hunter. But recently, Lynn Rogers made some comments that I can’t ignore.
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Posted in Conservation, Minnesota, Wildlife, tagged american black bear, bear hunting, Bears, black bears, Ely, ely mn, hunting, lily and hope, lily the black bear, lynn rogers, Minnesota, Research, science, wildlife, wildlife research, Wildlife Research Institute on November 3, 2010| 8 Comments »
Posted in Citizen Science, Events, Minnesota, tagged agassiz, Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge, bird banding, birds, Citizen Science, ducks, events, hunting, important bird areas, mallards, Minnesota, National wildlife refuge, waterfowl, wildlife, wildlife refuges, wood duck on September 21, 2010|
On Saturday, I went to Agassiz National Wildlife Refuge to help with their annual, open to the public duck banding. The refuge is on flat terrain and is mostly wetlands because it lies on the bed of glacial Lake Agassiz (named after Louis Agassiz: the original glaciologist).
Banding programs for waterfowl help scientists and managers make decisions on hunting regulations and estimate survival rates, migration routes and other biological information. Because of the wet conditions in the region, there was an above average number of ducklings hatched this year. Agassiz is one of Minnesota’s Important Bird Areas with 294 species of birds.