Eli & Ellie Venture Out Of The Den

After seven months of living in a den, on April 23, 2013 Lily ventured out to view a little of the world around her with her new cubs, Eli and Elly, both born in mid-January of this year. This is video taken from a stationary mounted PTZ (Pan to zoom) camera that captured the adventure, thanks to a permit issued by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR). The permit allows WRI to place a radio/gps collar on Lily for when she has officially left the den with her cubs. It also allows the den camera and outside PTZ  camera to be mounted for research and educational purposes.  This year, bandwidth for internet service was provided via Verizon’s  4G network via  solar powered equipment, along with internet streaming through Wild Earth and Ustream — the cameras were provided by PixController.

We thank the DNR and the other providers for allowing such a wonderful glimpse into the lives of these bears. Without the permit and equipment, many of us would still be in the dark as to how bears live during the winter during their form of  hibernation, which is not as deep nor as constant a sleep as other true hibernating animals experience.

Categories: Den cam, NABC, WRI

New Executive Director And Director Of Operations On Board For NABC

We will occasionally highlight certain updates or portions of updates from the official WRI  and NABC websites — the daily updates can be seen  at http://www.bearstudy.org  — for your convenience, you can sign up at the website to have the updates emailed to you. Read below for the latest entry:NABC-Logo2The North American Bear Center in Ely, MN welcomes a  new Executive Director  and Director of Operations to its line up of great employees.

From the WRI daily updates:

Welcome Judy and Nadine – UPDATE March 9, 2013

NABC staff welcome Nadine and Judy

NABC staff welcome Nadine and Judy

Tonight was the official welcome potluck for Director of Operations Judy Thon and newly arrived Executive Director Nadine Long.  Both have loved bears since childhood.  Both have been Lily Fans almost from the beginning.

Lynn poses with Nadine as Donna Rogers talks to Nadine's husband Russ

Lynn poses with Nadine as Donna Rogers talks to Nadine’s husband Russ Long

Judy moved into the study area in spring 2010 and met Lily and Hope.  She began volunteering at the Bear Center in spring 2011.  She was quiet about her 35 years of work as a U. S. Postal Service administrator.  She wanted to work hard, have fun, and fit in.  People noticed her work ethic and dedication.  She became the “go to” person to get things done.  Judy has tremendous energy, great skills as an administrator, and loves working with people.  We are unbelievably lucky to have her.

Nadine Long, Lynn Rogers, and Judy Thon
Nadine Long, Lynn Rogers, and Judy Thon

Nadine was living Tahoe when Lynn gave a talk there in 2003.  However, she missed the talk because she was getting married!  She had already found the NABC website at bear.org and had begun sending in questions in her attempt to learn as much as she could about her bear neighbors.  She discovered the Lily Den Cam the second day it was up in January 2010 and has been a dedicated follower ever since.  In August of that year, she joined forces with Linda Gibson and they became a volunteer team working from California where Linda lived and Oregon where Nadine lived with her husband Russ.

Nadine and Judy pose with their cakes
Nadine and Judy pose with their cakes

Over the next two years, we couldn’t help notice that Nadine was a behind-the-scenes team builder whose mind never quits working.  Like Judy, she gives credit to the people who do the work and doesn’t take credit for herself.  She is an artist with a varied background.  She has helped start several businesses.  We are unbelievably lucky to have her.

Neither Judy nor Nadine is here for the money.  Both are here because of their well-demonstrated passion for our mission.

Lily Fans in general have done so much, and today we are thanking these two for years of volunteer work and making huge changes in their lives to give of their talents full time right here.  We all look forward to making our educational mission all it can be.

Thank you Judy and Nadine and all Lily Fans for all you do.

—Lynn Rogers and Sue Mansfield, Biologists, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center

All pictures were taken today unless otherwise noted.

[Editor’s Note: Since this is a shared posting, pictures are as of the date of the original posting]

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Talk To The Animals…


This picture is borrowed from another bear organization — Chief Dan George‘s concept is a very simple one really…respect and sensible caution are always the rule; but, don’t be afraid to stop, look, and listen…the same rule that you were taught when younger about how to approach railroad crossings — still a smart rule today. In trying to understand the animals around us, we often can quietly find our own quiet place and assurance in life that we will also persevere and survive in our daily struggles of life…..in taking time to watch nature, you can find some peace…. with your own short words and whispers to an animal you can sometimes discover your own soul. Take time to discover nature and your own self. 

Chief Dan George

Chief Dan George (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Applause, Applause

We absolutely support Dr. Lynn Rogers, Sue Mansfield and the hundreds of volunteers who know why they are helping and what they are learning.

If only one person learns something new from them, they have achieved a lot…..to have thousands learn is even better…

…and they do it with professionalism and caring and a willingness to share…in real time…all the time…and for that we applaud them.

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Pictures Worth Those Thousand Words — And Awards

It is well known that Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., a founder of both WRI and NABC,  is a well-respected bear biologist and ecologist who has enjoyed a wonderful career for over 40+ years. However, some may not know that one of his other passions is photography. So much so, that he has spent a good amount of his time not only studying the American Black Bear, but also snapping pictures of them and other wonders of nature.We thought you would enjoy seeing some of his artwork, provided here through the website of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, a recreational area in the far northeastern area of the “Northwoods” in Minnesota. The following is their description of his work:

Lynn Rogers Photography

Lynn Rogers has spent over four decades of his adult life in the forests of northern Minnesota researching the ways of animals. A world renowned Lynn Rogers, Ph.D. Is A Renowned Bear and Wildlife Researcher And Award-Winning Photographerscientist, Rogers has developed research methods for gaining the trust of bears and other animals. He relies on that same trust to photograph tender and intimate behaviors that few have witnessed in the wild. His pictures go beyond the posed portraits and computer creations that are common in wildlife photography today. Viewers say the sensitivity and spiritual nature of Rogers’ photographic art stop them dead in their tracks.

Rogers’ pictures have been published by National GeographicNational Wildlife, and a host of magazines and booksaround the world and were used by museums to show animals in their native environment. The Smithsonian Institute recently selected one of Rogers’ pictures for the cover of their prestigious book “ The Smithsonian Book of North American Mammals” and used other of his pictures as standards to represent our mammals. “Lynn’s action photos of leaping game fish and wild animals are the best around,” said  Field And Stream photo editor Victor Closi after Closi won the coveted “Magazine Cover of the Year” award with one ofRogers’ leaping fish photos. Rogers’ award-winning photos are cited by many as the world’s best collection of Minnesota wildlife and a heritage of the people of Minnesota.”

You can see some of  his wonderful, award-winning photo artwork here:  http://www.bwca.cc/activities/photography/rogers/lynnrogers.htm

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