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Hibernation in Bears

November 21, 2013 Posted by: Michael Fitz

One adaptation that has evolved in some mammals is hibernation. Hibernation is a state of dormancy that allows animals to avoid periods of famine. It takes many forms in mammals, but is particularly remarkable in bears.

 

The Dynamics of the Brooks River Sockeye

July 27, 2013 Posted by: Ranger Michael Fitz

In winter, ice and snow cover much of Katmai’s landscape. Salmon fry bide their time waiting to become smolt and run to sea. Later in the year and soon after the smolt depart, much larger salmon are returning from the ocean. In late June, schools of silvery and energetic fish begin to pulse through the river. During August and September, the Brooks River is dotted with ruby-colored jewels digging nests and fighting for territory. Soon after, the waters of Katmai begin to quiet again. The salmon have spawned and most are dead. Eggs are quietly incubating.

 

The Resiliency of Bears

July 27, 2013 Posted by: Michael Fitz

Watching the bear cams on Explore.org gives anyone with internet access an opportunity to experience the dynamics of a bear’s world. We get to observe the playfulness of cubs, the intimacy of mating, and the satiation of hunger when a bear eats a salmon. However, when we watch the cams, we will also see some unpleasant aspects of the bears’ world. It may be difficult to watch bears struggle with injuries or illness, but this gives us a glimpse into the resiliency and adaptability these animals posses.

 

Did You Know?

Brooks Falls with several bears feeding in July

In some years, almost 100 individual bears use the 1.5 mile (2.4 km) long Brooks River. This river is one of the first places in the Katmai region where salmon are available to bears.