My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for North American Bear Center, Ely, MN, USA
I have volunteered for the North American Bear Center for about two years now. I first learned about the research of Dr. Rogers long before there was an internet or den cams! I read some of his research on bears when I was in college studying wildlife management. I was impressed with his study methods, which were so different than those used by other scientists. And, he was getting results! His methods worked better than the old tranquilize, test, and release methods, in my opinion. Plus, it was much less stressful on the animal. I have followed his research since then.
When the den cams became popular, I was able to share them with my students, who loved watching wild bears raising their young. The den cams were a hit with kids.
I think that the staff at NABC are some of the most dedicated, hard-working researchers I know. If I did not agree with their study methods, I would not be a volunteer. However, I love volunteering here and I support the research completely. I started volunteering by making a set of playing cards for the Black Bear Boxes, which are educational boxes that schools can borrow for their classrooms. I then joined as a volunteer both for the Speakers' Bureau and the Bear Facts and Fun Games group online. I write a weekly educational (and fun) short piece on bears, which is posted on the Facebook page of Lily the Black Bear.
I thoroughly enjoy volunteering for the NABC. They have a large group of very dedicated volunteers worldwide. This is an absolutely amazing and fine group to be a part of. I plan to continue volunteering for them for a long time to come.
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Add more educational opportunities and more volunteers. Have more den cams.
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