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.
What an incredible opportunity we had this past summer to observe this grizzly bear sow nursing her two cubs of the year. We’ve met this sow several times over the years and are always in awe of her serene demeanour.
Grizzly bears can nurse their young for up to three years, but are often weaned off early to eat solid food. It’s remarkable that grizzly sows can lactate while still in the den in the winter and early spring without the benefit of consuming any food or drinking any water. They have six nipples, and the cubs start out their lives by feeding on the milk produced from the two lowest nipples, then, as they grow, the mothers stops producing milk in lower nipples and the cubs transfer to the four higher locations.
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