We knew were were taking a risk, keeping the feeders up past the date when the bears emerge from hibernation. But we were SO enjoying seeing the Orioles, rose breasted grosbeaks and cat birds come to the feeders! And watching the little men gold finches turn such a bright shade of yellow! We were so careful to take all the feeders in at night: the suet feeders, the safflower feeder, the sunflower feeder and the thistle feeder. Even the orange for the Orioles. But the bear, perhaps smelling the spent seed hulls, knocked our pole over anyway. It's a steel pole, impossible to us to bend back. He knocked it flat to the ground. Next fall we shall have to buy a new one. BUT, the good news is that a friend gave me a hummingbird feeder along with instructions. It's been fun watching the hummers right outside my window. And the Mason bees, coming to the Mason bee hut. Hopefully the bear won't smell sugar water?