Friday, December 01, 2006

Here I am working two summers ago on a Brown Bear research study in Haines, which is a beautiful small town in Southeast Alaska. We had spotting scopes and digital video cameras and monitored both brown bear behavior and the bears' reactions to the people around them...both in cars and on foot. There were three of us assigned to different spots in the early morning (4:30AM!) and dusk when the bears were most active along the Chilkoot River. I saw several grizzlies and cubs every single day and some got quite close. They would literally walk right by which was exhilarating and scary at the same time! It was an incredible opportunity as I had never ever seen a bear in person. I don't have Grizz pics because we only shot video but I have pics of the reason those Grizzlies are there: Salmon and lots of 'em!! We worked at the beginning of Fall and as you can probably tell it was chilly and wet! The research is extremely important to the ongoing success of these grizzlies. For more info. check out:


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