Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Meet and Learn About Maine's Black Bears

This morning I received an email from Maine's Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The email, which I'm sure every person who bought a Maine fishing license last year received, was a promotion for Maine's Wildlife Research Foundation's Meet Our Bears campaign.

The Wildlife Research Foundation's Meet Our Bears website features a live bear den webcam and archived videos about Maine's Black Bears. In addition to the videos, the website offers some basic information about the lives of Black Bears. Hopefully, in the future there will be more educational content added to the website. For now though the site is a good place to see some bears in their natural habitats.

And from the "don't try this at home" department, here is a video of the researchers checking on a bear in her den. The Wildlife Research Foundation also has a video of a bear giving birth to twin cubs.


Applications for Education
For a comparison of the types of bears in the world you could pair the Wildlife Research Foundation's Black Bear webcam with some of these resources about Polar Bears and Brown Bears: Brown Bears Socializing, Asiatic Black Bears, Polar Bears on Explore.org, Bears and Punnett Squares.