You will often observe black bear cubs playing with objects, and, if they are lucky, with their siblings. The belief is that it allows for them to burn off excess energy, become more familiar with socialization and their surroundings, and helps them develop skills that will be vital to their survival in the wild including for hunting, mating and testing their skills.
It’s not everyday that you get to see a three-toed woodpecker in the wild; it’s even more uncommon to be able to observe a family. This summer, we were fortunate to spend time watching the two parent woodpeckers alternate feeding their young with one of their favourite delicacies, bark beetles.
In the lead up to the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, the hoary marmot was the lead contender for mascot. After all, hoary marmots – or whistle pigs – is how the Games’ co-host city, Whistler, got its name.
We love this photo of a mother (sow) grizzly watching over her cub of the year (CoY). On average, grizzly bear cubs stay with their mothers for two years before being chased off to survive on their own, with females usually carving out their territory near where they were raised.
The beaver became Canada’s national symbol of sovereignty in 1975, but was a much longer part of Canadian history as the pelts were sold during the fur trade, mostly for “fashionable” hats. A business that almost led to the extinction of the beaver in the mid 19th century.
On national Indigenous Peoples Day, we would like to reflect and honour that countless Indigenous peoples and nations that have long lived a life of nature literacy and have been championing the work we are trying to support for, quite literally, lifetimes.
Collectively, you helped us meet our goal of raising $10,000 (!!!) and, with this support, we will now be able to take our first major step toward bringing our vision for Nature Labs to life. Over the next several months, we will be working to produce the first wave of content for the virtual learning platform, advancing our ability to create a beta version of the web site for testing in select Canadian high schools during the next school year.
In supporting Nature Labs, let’s create lasting systems change: a society where millions champion nature literacy in the classroom and millions more act with a foundation of nature knowledge that, in turn, fosters a better balance between the needs people and the environment.
Ghost Bear Institute is more than its two co-founders; it’s the by-product of a group of champions who have supported us throughout our journey. And this week, we’d like to introduce you to our board – four of the most […]