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Series: Changing Tides Articles
Changing Tides: Bear Researcher Videos
- Collaring Bears - In order to protect bears, you must understand them! To do so, wildlife biologists like Grant Hildebrand attach tracking collars to bears in Katmai National Park. By combining the collars' location data with hair and blood samples from each bear, scientists can understand what food and ecosystems are important for bears during different parts of a summer season.
- Bear Observations - Studying bears isn't just about fancy GPS collars - it also involves hours spent in the field, observing animals in their natural environment.
Changing Tides: Intertidal Invertebrates, Bears, and People
Changing Tides, a multi-year research project, aims to understand the connections between brown bears in southwest Alaska and their coastal habitat.
The project involves studying bears, invertebrates of the nearshore environment (e.g., clams, mussels) and people. Scientists hope to discover exactly how important inverbetrates are to bears at different times of the year, and what role --if any-- is played by human influences in the area.
Videos from the field will be available here, ranging from in-depth looks at research techniques, like capturing and collaring brown bears, to short footage of the wilderness and wildlife of southwest Alaska.
You can also read more about aspects of the study: