Climate Change Costs

November 18, 2011

If you want to see climate change costs check out Sharon Begley’s article in NRDC”s OnEarth Magazine…It is revealing.
Matt

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Survey Of No Careers In Wildlife

November 14, 2011

From what I read there are few to 0 jobs for a college graduate these days…From what I remember that has always been the case in my profession.

I took a class in 1973 from the University of Montana called Biology 100, Survey of Wildlife Careers. The professor, Les Pengelley, said on the first day that “this course is a waste of time.”

Fast forward to last nights news cast a piece was done on satalite radio collars…I was drinking cofee the next morning with a gal from another field…and she rightfully added satalite collars will put “research kids”out of work.

I remembered the days of picking up bear poop and following a grizzly close with a groudtracking yaggi antenae…those days were already scarce, now they are gone.
Matt
PS: Did you know that Sorrel Boots were once made in Canada. Now Viet Nam…a snowboot in a place where it never snows…trivia I found interesting.

Iconic Views Of Predators

November 12, 2011

-13 years ago I watched a wolverine run up a cliff face to escape me.
-5 years ago I watched a Spotted Hyeana sit in a pool of water to avoid the heat.
-35 years ago I watched a Fischer prey on a porcupine from the rear view mirror of a truck.
Matt

Iconic Views Of the Big Cats

November 10, 2011

I have not spent a lot of time observing big cats but I do have some big cat observations.
I was on a divide of Cannon and Trickle Creek in the Bob Marshall Wilderness trapping grizzly bears 30 years ago when I looked up and saw a mountain lion running then jumping 18 feet per leap down a steep slope to an unamed lake we named Afro Lake.
I watched as a cheetah ran down than ate a Thompson’s Gazzelle. This was 5 years ago in Tanzanea, Africa.
Matt

Black Bear Killed In Bozeman, Montana

November 8, 2011

I follow bearnews in Bozeman, Montana for for variety of reasons.
Hunters using a bow shot and killed a 150 pound, 2 year old male black bear in the town of Bozeman, Montana. The hunter is fined.
Matt

Iconic Grey Wolf Observations

November 7, 2011

I have seen a lot of Grey Wolves in the wild. Here are some memorable sitings I recall.

I was in British Columbia when I saw a wolf swimming in the mile wide Inside Passage swimming after a mature blacktailed buck.

I found a wolf den in an abanded and old Kitasoo (Tsim Tsan indian band) council logan along the Northern British Coast.

As clouds lifted in Yellowstone’s Blacktail Platue I was comfronted at less than fifty yards
by seven wolves.
Matt

Iconic Brown Bear Observations

November 5, 2011

I dont know where to begin here…I have had so many brown bear observations the ones included here are a sampling of my brown bear observations.

-a brown bear charged me thinking I was a roosevelt elk, which I watched a herd of at the time, at the last instant the bear pulled off the charge, leaving me standing there with a loaded 400 calibre big bore rifle pointed at the ground.

-I was in knowwhere Alaska when a rare sun shined on an alpine ridgetop so I took a nap in my birthday suit, only to wake up to a large female brown bear followed by a spring cub at about 50 yards feeding my way…so I stayed down on all fours and quietly snuck to the ridge where I ambled down through the Devils Club in my birthday suit, avoiding the female brown bear and her spring cub on a ridge in knowhere Alaska.

-I watched bemusedly as a grizzly, a male, locked in coytus on a female grizzly, snoozed with head on the rump of the female bear. As she grazed, he, perhaps twice her her size and locked in as he napped head on her rump followed her hopping along.
Matt

Iconic Polar Bear Observations

November 4, 2011

I was in the abandoned den of an adult female polar bear and her cub of the year…

I watched a subadult polar bear take an arctic char away fom a Husky sled dog…

I used cracker shells on 6 polar bears in the parking lot of the Northern Studies center…

I watched what looked like a 600 pound polae bear slide on its belly on the pack ice trying to avoid breaking through the ice.
Matt

Iconic Black Bear Sitings

November 2, 2011

Please read these iconic black bear sitings.
13 years ago I watched a piebald black bear walk along the shoreline of the Inside Passage, going to Canoona Creek.

13 years ago I was in an unamed creek and went to a site where a pack of wolves killed a white Moksgomol, Spirit or Kermode bear that I had watched over a 5 year period.

33 years ago I was in Idaho trapping to move a female grizzly from a sheep allottment and had my snare trapsite visited by a large black bear. The bear was bedded down by the cubby and snare and at 20 yards walked away from me growling the entire way.

39 years ago I was sitting in an Appalacian Trail Shelter at Siler’s Bald in Great Smoky Mountains National Park watching a cub of the year sqeeze into our shelter as the rest of the crew seemed to sleep and just as the cub was about to drop in a large black bear hit the chain link fence to the trail shelter, failing to get in but growling as the cub squeezed out of the shelter, only to be swatted by the larger bear and the two bears dissapeared into the nearby forest.
Matt

My Bird World Ap For Children

October 31, 2011

I got this from the NRDC and Cornell Ornithology Lab internet site called “Welovebirds.org”…please read this.
Matt

“These are happy birds—and they want to help you learn,” writes one reviewer about “My Bird World,” a collection of four interactive bird games that teach children about 24 species of North American birds. The game was co-produced by Five Ravens, the digital division of Birdcage Press, and the Cornell Lab for use on the Apple iPad. My Bird World is available on iTunes for just $4.99.

“With these intriguing and fun challenges, players learn about North American birds, including their songs, food choices, and habitats. The games are filled with fascinating facts, real bird calls, and great photos,” says Nancy Trautmann, director of education at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

Players “earn” birds to place in virtual woodland, marsh, forest, and other habitats by playing Match Facts or Infestation Predation. After winning birds, it’s time to earn their food, whether it’s seeds for an American Goldfinch or fish for the Osprey. To win food, users play one of the nine levels of Memory or one of the three levels of Flight Patterns. Every time players feed a bird, they learn more about it and hear it sing. The games test memory, reading, sound and visual pattern recognition, and bird identification.

“We developed these games to make learning painless and fun,” says Five Ravens co-founder Wenda O’Reilly. “The more interested and engaged the player, the better they retain the information. It’s great for children, but plenty of adults are getting hooked too!”

More than 400 bird facts are included in “My Bird World.” Bird songs and calls come from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Macaulay Library, the world’s largest collection of natural sounds. A portion of the proceeds also supports Cornell Lab research and education programs about birds.