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WRI Update – 3/17/13 – Action!

“The activity of the cubs reminds us that—unlike Lily—the cubs are not hibernating.  Their job is to eat (drink) and sleep and grow—and we guess play if they have plenty of energy, which they do.  Sometimes, Lily plays with the cubs, but other times she snoozes while they play with each other.”

Read the full update here:

http://www.bearstudy.org/website/updates/daily-updates/1932-action-update-march-17-2013-.html

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WRI Update – 3/16/13 – Voices and Names…

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“We need to get those cubs named!  We know their sexes, we can tell them apart (most of the time), and we’re beginning to learn their personalities.  So, we dug out the long lists of cub names submitted in previous years and chose 10 names for each cub.  Now we need your help!  To vote for your favorite names, go to http://www.bear.org/website/cub-naming.html and cast one vote for each cub.  Voting will remain open through March 23.  Have fun!  We certainly will as we watch the votes tally up.”

Read the full update here:
http://www.bearstudy.org/website/updates/daily-updates/1931-voices-and-names-update-march-16-2013-.html

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WRI Update – 3/15/13 – Ripples In The Water

A nice message to begin our day was this one from a teacher with students enthusiastic about bears.  She wrote, “This would have NEVER been possible except for HOPE. If I hadn’t fallen in love with that little bear, learned the truth from you two about black bears, none of this would have been possible. You have opened my eyes to my passion not just for bears but for all animals. It must be overwhelming for you to see the “ripples in the water” that our dear Hope continues to create.”
 
Male cub makes a break for it
                                                                                                   
 Those thoughts are why we put Hope’s name on the Hope Learning Center.  Those thoughts are what fan our enthusiasm.  And those thoughts are from a teacher who used to fear bears and teach that fear to her students.”

Read the whole update here:

http://www.bearstudy.org/website/updates/daily-updates/1930-ripples-in-the-water-update-march-15-2013-.html

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WRI – Update 3/13/13 – “Bears In Winter”

International Conference on Bear Research and Management (IBA) is holding its 22nd conference September 15-20, 2013, in Provo, Utah.  The theme of the conference is “Bears in Winter.”  As the conference website says, “Papers “dealing with any aspect of winter inactivity (hibernation)—physiology, behavior, ecology, reproduction, etc.—are especially encouraged.”  Where better to present our observational data?  Abstracts for papers are due in a couple weeks.  We’re on it!

Lily snoozes but a cub is awake.

Lily snoozes but a cub is awake.

We have a fair sample size—6 wild black bear dens that included 2 mothers plus their 7 offspring (4 litters).  Could it be better?  Yes.  A larger number of individual mothers would help us tease out innate behaviors from those that are simply the result of age or personality differences.  Hopefully, that will come with time.

Lily and cubs

Lily and cubs

Beginning work on the abstract caused us to think back about the differences in behavior between Lily and Jewel and how different Lily is with this litter compared to her first two litters.  Her play is now more gentle and infrequent.  By comparison, 3-year-old Jewel has always been much less playful with Fern and Herbie than Lily was with her Hope, Faith, and Jason.

A cub hug! Looks like a cub hug!

Lily and…which cub?  Lily and...which cub?                                                                                                

We also thought about how different our observations have been than those reported in the old days of direct observation of bears that were either sleeping or watching the observers.  The play, nursing, chewing footpads, urination behavior, defecation behavior, preparations for birth, labor, reactions to the cubs’ first cries, and day-to-day care of cubs are all new observations.  Not just new to us—but new to bear research.  So different from what people thought or from what a wildlife expert recently said on TV about cubs being born while the mother sleeps.

Compare closely with the picture on the right...

Who’s who? Be careful…

We believe the focus of this IBA Conference—hibernation—is a first. There will be a lot of papers on physiology, heart function, etc., involving implanted devices and blood studies.  In the old days, we took a lot of blood samples, winter and summer, to compare blood chemistry in and out of hibernation.  We’re looking forward to it.  If anyone has an interest in papers with big words and medical jargon, click on the publications tab at bearstudy.org (Publications 2, 12, 25, 34, 36, 37, 49, 57, 92, and 103).

A new video of Lily and cubs is posted at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oxvx9JlvMhU.

You are making a difference for Jim Stroner, who has helped us so often with his great pictures.  You have him solidly in first place, but that’s not a reason to relax at http://tinyurl.com/bhj5v3h.

Thank you for all you do.

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

All pictures taken on date of update unless otherwise noted.

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WRI Update – 3/6/13 – Executive Director On Board for NABC

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WRI Update – 3/12/13 – When Will They Emerge?

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FERN

http://www.bearstudy.org/website/updates/daily-updates/1927-when-will-they-emerge-update-march-12-2013-.html

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HERBIE

Can you see the differences to recognize them?

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WRI Update – 3/8/13 – Congratulations!

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Getting The Word Out – WRI Update 3/7/13

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Talk To The Animals…

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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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