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: Soaring Above a World of Plenty

September 21, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Discovering Katmai by air during an aerial survey provides wonder and valuable data over the abundance of the park

 

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.

 

Notes from the Field: Adagio of Life and Death

September 01, 2017 Posted by: Clint Augustson

Scenes of life and death on the Katmai coast can reveal both stories of renewal and stories of loss, often in the same events.

 

Swimming the Brooks River

June 25, 2016 Posted by: Daniel Lombardi

Ranger Daniel swims the Brooks River, finding another world of wildlife below the water's surface.

 

Naknek River Cam 2016

March 28, 2016 Posted by: Michael Fitz

We’re quickly approaching prime time on the Naknek River cam. Here’s what to look for over the next month.

 

Why National Parks Can't Ignore Individual Animals

January 20, 2016 Posted by: Michael Fitz

A recent Yellowstone Science article describes how a focus on individual animals limits our ability to preserve wildlife populations, but this is not true. Naming an animal, referring to its individuality, or connecting with it isn’t a weakness of the human condition or near-sighted. We must recognize the role of the individual in wildlife management, conservation, and especially in public appreciation.

 

Death of a Bear

July 01, 2015 Posted by: Michael Fitz

One year ago, bearcam favorite 130 Tundra was found dead at the cut bank along Brooks River. Her death provided another example that bears face significant risk in their daily lives. What causes the death of a bear?

 

To Name or Not to Name?

May 07, 2015 Posted by: Michael Fitz

Bears at Brooks River are assigned numbers for monitoring, management, and identification purposes. Inevitably, some bears acquire nicknames from staff and these nicknames are shared with the public, but naming wild animals is not without controversy. Is it appropriate to name wild animals?

 

Last updated: April 14, 2015

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