Thursday, May 10, 2007

a little bit about bears

First off, today is my friend David's birthday--happy b-day, buddy! (Won't dare say how old he is now unless he gives me his express permission....)

Saw a movie last night called Papa Bear, about this amazing New Hampshire man, Ben Kilham, and all the extraordinary work he's done with American black bears over the last 14 years. I highly recommend the film for its story, its message, its proof that wild animals are not quite as distant from us as we think--that we can and do connect with them. (And do remember that they are wild and can still harm or kill you--caveat emptor and all that.) Here's a link to Ben's website, which also has his own remarkable story, which makes his work and film even more compelling: http://web.mac.com/benjaminkilham/iWeb/Site/HOME%20PAGE.html.

Also shows that "average joes" (and average janes) can make incredible discoveries that academically trained professionals can miss: Kilham discovered something about bears that no biologist had ever realized, and that discovery is now named after him. It's just a cool story. Be prepared for tears as well, is all I will add.

Bears...they've been coming up in my life lately! Interesting.... If I had a picture of one I'd post it. Since I don't, I'll just say this: Take Good, Long Naps, and Keep an Eye on Your Honey! ;)
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2 comments:

John Cotterman said...

Great Ben bear pix. He seems to be part Jane Goodall, part Timothy Treadwell. In all my time spent in AK I've never come close to a bear, but still hoping.

Julie K. Trevelyan said...

I was thoroughly impressed by Ben as well. I hope you have a bear encounter in Alaska someday too...a beautiful wild encounter that leaves you physically unscathed, of course. Wow, to see a grizzly in the wild. Can you imagine?