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Review for North American Bear Center, Ely, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

The NABC offers excellent educational facts about not only the Black Bear but other bear species as well. The numerous constantly playing video clips of the various aspects of bear behavior have opened my perception of what bears really do - and that they actually like to play and are intriguing to watch! The three resident bears - Honey, Ted and Lucky - are in a very natural and wild environment. When the staff interact with them for the bear enrichment, it's done in a way that the bears are not 'showing off' as if in a circus, but to show how they would react to the item if found in the wild. There is SO much information offered that I find I learn something new each time I'm there, and there are constant upgrades/improvements each time as well. I see they now have a 'pet relief' area which is a nice amenity when traveling with pets, and the Hope Learning Center will be completed soon with more exhibits and state of the art learning tools - very anxious to see it all put together!!! I am a member, will continue to give my support because I believe there is still a lot we don't know about bears and the NABC provides that newly found information. I encourage friends and family to check it out!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Recommend to always continue to be on the forefront of methods to provide education on the true nature of bears; always seeking the best opportunities and options for providing the information.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  General Member of the Public
 

Review for Wildlife Research Institute, Ely, MN, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I started following Dr. Roger's and Sue Mansfield's bear research in Jan. 2010 when the webcam was first placed in Lily's den. I found it so intriguing that I went to 'bearstudy.com' and found the previous publications; they, too, were intriguing. I'd taken a trip into the BWCAW for nearly 30 summers, and 'thought' I knew bears. That concept has been 'blown out of the water'!! I've since come to know and understand them far more intimately, thanks to the den cams, and have an immensely greater respect for bears than I would ever have without this new information. I've always loved to learn, and am so grateful that Dr. Rogers and Sue Mansfield have afforded this continued learning opportunity by their research!! And the 'learning' is something NEW almost daily! Their gentle method of working with the 12 - 16 research bears fits with the way I believe it should be done. And when I watch Jewel with her cubs and then realize there are probably another 8,000 -10,000 mother bears in dens with cubs out of the 22,000 bears in the state of Minnesota doing the exact same thing...pretty humbling... especially since I never gave it a thought before the dencam. There is far more learning to be had in this field, and the new information will be found as a result of this research! Thank you Doc & Sue!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  General Member of the Public