|Message from Bears Forever,News of our trophy hunting ban is about to hit 50 communities all across northern BC. We asked you to help fund a radio blitz so we could talk directly to hunters. Now it’s time to kick this off at a bigger scale than we were planning.Starting Monday, CFNR Radio is ready to put the first two Bears Forever radio ads in heavy rotation. We’ll be on during primetime, 7 times a day for 14 days straight. We picked CFNR, a popular news and classic rock network, because it reaches exactly the areas we need to talk to. When trophy hunters and guide outfitters are loading their boats and staging for bear hunts in Terrace, Smithers, Prince Rupert or Bella Coola, they’ll be hearing from all of us.But we’re not just talking to trophy hunters. We also want to reach the 95% of licensed BC hunters who agree that “you shouldn’t be hunting if you’re not prepared to eat what you kill”(1). Those are our kind of hunters, and we need them and their families on our side.
CFNR’s network includes broadcast towers in places like Telegraph Creek and Anahim Lake, Gitsegukla and Gitwinksihlkw — First Nations communities outside the Great Bear Rainforest, but where people share the same values when it comes to needless killing. We need those families on our side too.
If you or anyone you know lives in any of the 50 communities where they get CFNR, tell them to tune in, starting Monday! We want to spark conversations all over the coast about the difference between real hunters and trophy hunters.
Don’t worry if you weren’t able to donate for this action. There will be other ways to help! We appreciate your support and look forward to telling you more good news as this movement grows.
On behalf of Megan, Jason, Doug, William, Frank, Jennifer, and the rest of the Coastal First Nations Bear Working Group.
|Bears Forever Project · 211 E Georgia St, 105, Vancouver, BC V6A 1Z6, Canada|
Bears Matter supports IBA and has been a member since 2004. I, unfortunately, will not be attending this up and coming conference in India but I look forward to attending more IBA conferences in the future. I encourage anyone who has an interest in bears, either professional or personal, should look into becoming a member of this worthwhile international organization. I send my very best wishes to conference organizers and attendees for a very successful conference and safe travels to all! Barb M.
For Conference details go to: http://www.indianbears.com/Default.aspx
For More Information on International Bear Association : http://www.bearbiology.com
Note from Bears Matter: I am so looking forward to going to my third Advancing Bear Care conference this October since 2009. On my return, I plan to post highlights of what I learn from this conference. There is an outstanding list of speakers and participants from around the world that I admire and fully support in their work in bear conservation, research and education! Barb M.
From the conference home page:
How do bears learn, problem solve, communicate, and respond to their environment? Join us at Advancing Bear Care 2013 – Understanding Bears to explore the cognitive and physical needs of captive bears, and learn how to provide stimulating complex natural environments to meet those needs. Go to ABC 2013 UPDATES for complete details on conference fees and activities.
To register for ABC 2013 Go to website for more information: http://www.bearcaregroup.org
Confirmed speakers include world leading experts in bear care, welfare, and conservation.
Robyn Appleton – Spectacled Bear Conservation – Peru
Dr. Heather Bacon – Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education
Dr. John Beecham – Bear Rehabilitation Research
Dr. Kelcey Burguess – American black bear/human living in New Jersey
Nicola Field – Animals Asia Foundation – China
Dr. Gabriella Fredriksson – Sun Bear Environmental Education Facility, Indonesia
Valerie Hare – The Shape of Enrichment
Angelika Langen – Northern Lights Wildlife Shelter
Tracy Leaver – Woodlands Wildlife Refuge
Dr. William McShea – Bears of China
David Morales – Queens Zoo
Else Poulsen – The Language of Bears
Jay Pratte – Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, Operant Conditioning
Dr. Jill Robinson MBE – Animals Asia Foundation
Charlie Russell – Brown Bear Behavior
Kartick Satyanarayan – Rescuing the last of the dancing bears of India
Dr. Geeta Seshamani – Caring for bears in India’s bear sanctuary
Annemarie Weeganaar – Animals Asia Foundation – Vietnam
Out on a Limb
What Black Bears Have Taught Me About Intelligence and Intuition
Foreword by Temple Grandin
“Magnificent! Out on a Limb is a brilliant read. Kilham perfectly exemplifies how much the world has to gain from the exceptional insights of dyslexic individuals, who often possess a special talent for finding order hidden in the complex patterns of the real world. We cannot recommend this book highly enough.”—Brock and Fernette Eide, authors of The Dyslexic Advantage
In Out on a Limb, Ben Kilham invites us into the world he has come to know best: the world of black bears.
For decades, Kilham has studied wild black bears in a vast tract of Northern New Hampshire woodlands. At times, he has also taken in orphaned infants—feeding them, walking them through the forest for months to help them decipher their natural world, and eventually reintroducing them back into the wild. Once free, the orphaned bears still regard him as their mother. And one of these bears, now a 17-year-old female, has given him extraordinary access to her daily life, opening a rare window into how she and the wild bears she lives among carry out their daily lives, raise their young, and communicate.
Witnessing this world has led to some remarkable discoveries. For years, scientists have considered black bears to be mostly solitary. Kilham’s observations, though, reveal the extraordinary interactions wild bears have with each other. They form friendships and alliances; abide by a code of conduct that keeps their world orderly; and when their own food supplies are ample, they even help out other bears in need.
Could these cooperative behaviors, he asks, mimic behavior that existed in the animal that became human? In watching bears, do we see our earliest forms of communications unfold?
Kilham’s dyslexia once barred him from getting an advanced academic degree, securing funding for his research, and publishing his observations in the scientific literature. After being shunned by the traditional scientific community, though, Kilham’s unique findings now interest bear researchers worldwide. His techniques even aid scientists working with pandas in China and bears in Russia.
Moreover, the observation skills that fueled Kilham’s exceptional work turned out to be born of his dyslexia. His ability to think in pictures and decipher systems makes him a unique interpreter of the bear’s world.
Out on a Limb delivers Kilham’s fascinating glimpse at the inner world of bears, and also makes a passionate case for science, and education in general, to open its doors to different ways of learning and researching—doors that could lead to far broader realms of discovery.
Kilham and his work have been featured in five internationally televised documentaries. In addition to being on over forty nationally broadcast radio shows including National Public Radio, he has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, The David Letterman Show, and more.