2018 was a whirlwind. Meetings. Pitches. Travel. Learning to do audio on YouTube. Turning our apartment into a wall-to-wall Post-it note storyboard. You see, we’re trying to create the first prototype of Nature Labs by fall 2019 and, as a result, we had fewer days in the field than ever before. Yet 2018 was good to us. We made our time in the Rocky Mountains count like never before, narrowing our search to specific individuals and landscapes we’ve come to know well while working to create the stories that will underpin Nature Labs.
In order of date, please enjoy a behind the scenes look at the making of Nature Labs and what became our top wildlife encounters from 2018.
The tree dwelling black bears
Deep in Canada’s northern Rocky Mountains lives a black bear sow we’ve come to know and love. We wait every spring to see if she made it through the winter and this year we were thrilled to find her healthy once more and, better yet, being accompanied by three cubs of the year.
The black bear family provided wonderful entertainment and education across several weeks in May and June, including their annual consumption of tree cones. The sow, in fact, wasn’t content with just eating the calorie rich cones and would frequently break off large branches, sending inedible elements tumbling to the ground. And when a cub got stuck awkwardly on the tip of a tree, now lacking in limbs, she should balance on the smallest of branch nubs to help it down.
Though not rare to see, it was a special few weeks with a special black bear and her wonderful cubs – one of our best all time black bear encounters.
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