Katmai Terrane

 

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Bears. Salmon. Volcanoes. Wilderness. Culture. These are the terranes of Katmai. Each is distinct, but in combination these features create a place like no other. Read about the uniqueness of Katmai in this blog.

Notes from the Field: The Eye of the Wolf

September 28, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

A close encounter with a coastal wolf leads to reflections on the inner complexity of a top predator and the value of protecting animals that are often feared and misunderstood.

 

Notes from the Field: The Ethics of Science

September 15, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Visiting a bear health exam on the Changing Tides Project reveals the care scientists show in protecting and understanding these impressive animals.

 

Notes from the Field: A Tale of Two Bears

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Spending time around bears provides fascinating glimpses into their unique personalities and habits.

 

In The Eye of The Camera

September 01, 2016 Posted by: Kaitlyn Kunce

The Changing Tides Project hopes to better understand the connection between brown bears and marine mammals. With the placement of remote cameras this year on two islands along Katmai’s coast, researchers hope to capture on camera predation.

 

The Second X Chromosome

July 28, 2016 Posted by: Kaitlyn Kunce

Why do researchers for the Changing Tides project pick female bears over males? A big boar may run the show at Brooks Falls, but on the coast the celebrities are the sows.

 

Changing Tides - Bluebird Days For Researchers And Bears

June 15, 2016 Posted by: Joy Erlenbach

The first step for the 2016 portion of the Changing Tides Project was a success! 10 female bears have been collared for the 2016 study year.

 

Changing Tides - More Questions Than Answers

June 08, 2016 Posted by: Kaitlyn Kunce

With only one year completed for the three year Changing Tides Project, we ended up with more questions than answers. Find out what we did learn in this 2015 review.

 

Collaring and Handling Bears for the Changing Tides Project

September 02, 2015 Posted by: Rebecca Paterson

Tranquilizing wild animals requires considerable skill, especially in remote locations.

 

Through the Lens: A Photojournalist and the Changing Tides Project Part 2

August 17, 2015 Posted by: Kaiti Chritz

Climbing out of my tent at 5:30 a.m. revealed an absolutely stunning morning. The water-striped mud flats of the low tide in Hallo Bay reflected the morning sun and silhouetted clamming bears off in the distance. As we hiked along the beach to the observation spot, my camera gear, tripod, and large lens made it’s presence known on my back. I wasn’t going to regret not bringing something with me on this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

Thank God for Shelter

August 12, 2015 Posted by: Joy Erlenbach

After experiencing some of the weather at Hallo Bay, I most certainly appreciate the good in life—heck, even the mediocre—better than I used to.

 

Through the Lens: A Photojournalist and the Changing Tides Project

July 24, 2015 Posted by: Kaiti Chritz

Before today, I had never laid eyes on a brown bear. My job today? Fly out to the coast of Katmai National Park to take photos and video of the team that has been collaring brown bears as a part of the Changing Tides project.

 

Did That Just Happen? Stories from a Bear Researcher’s Trip to Hallo Bay

July 17, 2015 Posted by: Joy Erlenbach

As I prepare to head back out to Hallo Bay I’ve been rereading my field notes and reminiscing on the highlights from my first trip. Watching bears in Hallo Bay has shown me that there’s always more to learn.

 

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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