Sunday, July 31, 2016

Staying Safe in Bear Habitat

When exploring bear habitat it is wise to be aware of how to behave. Here we outline what to consider when in visiting bear country.

When heading out into bear habitat, booking with a reputable and specialised wildlife tour company will ensure your safety at all times. However, it is wise to know a little bit about how to behave and what to do in case you find yourself in a situation in which you are confronted by a bear. There are only a few countries where this could potentially happen, and while it is unlikely on an organised trip to well known bear habitat, it pays to understand a little more

Bears and Humans


There is little doubt that in some parts of the world the human population has encroached on bear habitat, so there is now more of a possibility the two can cross paths, particularly in North America. In Washington State, for example, there are roughly 25,000 of the animals in the wild. In fact, they prefer to avoid human contact and are actually frightened of humans, but if they are surprised or disturbed they can be dangerous. They need to be respected and given the space and time to make their own retreat.

What to Do and What Not to Do

For independent travellers, if you want to avoid an encounter when you are hiking or camping in bear habitat, you must remember to keep a clean camp. Rubbish should be kept in bags or containers that are resistant to wildlife. Food needs to be kept in doubled up plastic bags and should be stored in the boot of the vehicle you are travelling in. You can also put double wrapped food into a rucksack and hang it from a tree at least three metres above the ground and about one and a half metres from the trunk. If you're camping, sleep at least 30 metres from the area you are using for cooking, and make plenty of noise.

A Face to Face Encounter

If you do come face to face with a bear, avoid eye contact, as that can be perceived as a challenge, and therefore a threat. Stay upwind and stand up tall – it's actually a good idea to wave your hands above your head to make yourself appear bigger. Never move towards the animal and give it as much space as you can. If you're unable to move yourself away and the animal doesn’t appear to want to move, clap your hands or shout very loudly.

For those who are travelling to locations specifically to go bear watchingFree Articles, the tour operator and specialised naturalist guides are highly experienced in all safety aspects and you will never find yourself in any danger.

 
ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance nature writer. If you’re looking for a holiday to explore bear habitat, Naturetrek specialises in expert-led natural history and wildlife tours worldwide. Naturetrek brings over 25 years of experience to polar expeditions and tours to other spectacular regions on Earth. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Teddy Bear Interesting Facts, History and Story

A popular stuffed toy bear, teddy bear is usually stuffed with white, soft cotton and have soft and smooth fur. Im sure many of you have owned this cuddly bear, but have you ever wonder why teddy bear called Teddy? Why not Jimmy or Calvin or Celine? The 26th President of the United States Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt is the person responsible for giving the famous teddy bear his name.

The story goes back to 1902, the President was called Theodore by his family and friends, but the people and the press all fondly called him Teddy. Actually he did not like that name but he accepted it. The name made him seem more informal to the people he served. One day, the President was helping settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. During his spare time, the President attended a bear hunt in Mississippi. There are variations of what exactly happened  on this hunting trip.

Roosevelt loved nature and enjoyed being out in the woods where animals lived. After a few days of riding and climbing and walking, no bears were found. Since he was the President of the United States, many people who organized the hunt wanted to make sure this hunt was successful. The next day, they were happy that they finally found an old bear (according to other stories, it was not an old bear that they found but a little bear cub), so they followed the bear with their hunting dogs for quite a distance until the bear was very tired. The bear was then attacked and injured by the dogs and the guides tied it to a tree for the President to shoot.

After seeing the poor bear, the President Roosevelt refused to kill the old bear (or the cub as in other version of the story). The President told the people that no one should ever shoot this poor bear for sport, that would not be right. The President then ordered his people to release the animal and let it wander off.

An American newspaper heard about this story and decided to publish a cartoon showing Theodore Roosevelt with the bear. Some time later, a toy maker wrote to the president Roosevelt asking for permission to make a cute, soft and beautiful toy bear and named it after him. Ever since thenFree Articles, the Teddy bear has been one of the favorite toys of young children.
 
 In some countries, bear pictures and statues are used as protection, find out more on bear symbol meaning. Teddy bear and rose flower (June birth flower) are many people's favorite choice as a gift for their loved ones on Valentines day, Christmas, birthday and other holidays.

An Insight into the Life of the Grizzly Bear

Heading off on a bear watching wildlife holiday? In certain parts of the world you'll be able to encounter the majestic Grizzly Bear. Learn more here.

There are so many different wildlife holidays from which to choose an adventure, but some of the most exciting are the ones that offer the opportunity to see bears in the wild. From Sweden to Finland and Canada to Alaska, bears have made their home in all corners of the planet.

If you embark on a wildlife holiday in search of bears, it's helpful to equip yourself with some useful research before you go. While the best wildlife holiday companies will provide an expert guide to accompany your trip, it's handy to have some knowledge beforehand.

If you go to Canada or North America, it is most likely the Grizzly Bear that you'll be hoping to see – these animals are a subspecies of the Brown Bear.

The Family Life of the Grizzly

No matter where these magnificent creatures live, there are common lifestyle elements that resonate.

Mating: They tend to mate in the springtime after males and females have courted for up to a week. Courting involves mating several times, as well as eating and sleeping together.

Summer: Females spend most of their life with their young while males roam solitarily, unless of course they are mating or fishing for salmon. Even though mating happens in spring, the embryo does not become implanted until the autumn, and the female spends the summer eating and putting on weight in preparation for nursing. This evolutionary adaptation is very effective, as at times when food is least abundant the embryo will not embed, leaving the mother with enough of her own resources to keep herself alive.

Winter: Grizzly Bears hibernate over the winter months in dens that they make by excavating a tunnel like cave into the ground. They may make their den softer and more comfortable with grass and other vegetation. Hibernation is a deep sleep during which the metabolism and the heart rate slow, no food or drink is consumed, and no waste is excreted.

Cubs: Cubs are born in the den in January or February, and as many as four cubs can be born at one time. Hairless and blind, the cubs start to feast immediately on their mother’s milk. When they leave the den, the mother must eat voraciously to replenish. Cubs have a tough job in order to survive and need to avoid getting undernourished or diseased - and also stay out of the way of adult males. For those that do survive, there is much fun to be had, playing and learning life skills. Female youngsters may go off and inhabit a range that overlaps their mother’s but young males will go further afield to establish their own turf. You may well be lucky enough to see a mother with her cubs if you plan your wildlife holiday at the right time, and it's a truly magical experience.
 
Marissa Ellis-Snow is a freelance nature writer. If you’re looking for a wildlife holiday, Naturetrek specialises in expert-led natural history and wildlife tours worldwide. Naturetrek brings over 25 years of experience to polar expeditions and tours to other spectacular regions on Earth.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Blair Bear - The Ultimate Teddy Bear.

A popular stuffed toy bear, teddy bear is usually stuffed with white, soft cotton and have soft and smooth fur. Im sure many of you have owned this cuddly bear, but have you ever wonder why teddy bear called Teddy? Why not Jimmy or Calvin or Celine? The 26th President of the United States Theodore (Teddy) Roosevelt is the person responsible for giving the famous teddy bear his name.

The story goes back to 1902, the President was called Theodore by his family and friends, but the people and the press all fondly called him Teddy. Actually he did not like that name but he accepted it. The name made him seem more informal to the people he served. One day, the President was helping settle a border dispute between Mississippi and Louisiana. During his spare time, the President attended a bear hunt in Mississippi. There are variations of what exactly happened  on this hunting trip.

Roosevelt loved nature and enjoyed being out in the woods where animals lived. After a few days of riding and climbing and walking, no bears were found. Since he was the President of the United States, many people who organized the hunt wanted to make sure this hunt was successful. The next day, they were happy that they finally found an old bear (according to other stories, it was not an old bear that they found but a little bear cub), so they followed the bear with their hunting dogs for quite a distance until the bear was very tired. The bear was then attacked and injured by the dogs and the guides tied it to a tree for the President to shoot.

After seeing the poor bear, the President Roosevelt refused to kill the old bear (or the cub as in other version of the story). The President told the people that no one should ever shoot this poor bear for sport, that would not be right. The President then ordered his people to release the animal and let it wander off.

An American newspaper heard about this story and decided to publish a cartoon showing Theodore Roosevelt with the bear. Some time later, a toy maker wrote to the president Roosevelt asking for permission to make a cute, soft and beautiful toy bear and named it after him. Ever since thenHealth Fitness Articles, the Teddy bear has been one of the favorite toys of young children.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

The Different Kinds of Bear

In North America there are a number of different kinds of bear. The commonest bear is the black bear. The large bear of the western United States is the grizzly bear.

In North America there are a number of different kinds of bear. The commonest bear is the black bear. This bear lives in the woods and mountains from Canada to Mexico. He usually weighs between two and three hundred pounds. The brown bear is simply a black bear of a lighter color. Sometimes the brown bear is called the cinnamon bear. The large bear of the western United States is the grizzly bear. The fur of the grizzly may be any shade from bright brown to a blackish-gray. Sometimes the tips of the hairs are a silvery gray. Such bears are known by the name silvertip. The grizzly may weigh as much as a thousand pounds. Grizzly bears have been so ruthlessly hunted that they have almost become extinct.

They are found now mostly in the national parks, where they are protected. One of the spectacles that thrills the tourists in Yellowstone National Park is to watch the grizzly bears being fed, early on a summer evening. The largest bear of all lives in Alaska. This huge brown bear is known as the Kodiak bear. It is the largest living flesheating animal. These bears sometimes weigh as much as 1,500 pounds. The polar bear lives in the far north. It has white fur. This makes it almost invisible against the snow and ice of the Arctic regions, and helps it to sneak up on its prey. The polar bear is a good swimmer and it catches most of its food in the water. It eats fish, seals, and other arctic animals. Polar bears do not hibernate.

They remain active during the entire year. The mother bear burrows in the ice or in snow drifts when the cubs are born. It takes several months before the cubs are able to get around and take care of themselves. The polar bear can walk on the. ice because the soles of its feet are covered with long hairs. This keeps them warm and prevents them from slipping. In Europe the brown bear used to be very common, but now it is almost extinct. A few are still found in some of the heavily-forested parts of the continent. Large numbers of these bears still live in Russia and in northern Asia. They are closely related to our grizzly bears. The only bear found in South America is the "spectacled bear," which lives in the Andes Mountains.

In Africa there is one kind of bear. It lives in the north, in the Atlas Mountains. Very few of these Atlas bears have been found in recent years and it is feared that they will soon become extinct. In the highest parts of the Himalaya Mountains, in TibetFree Web Content, lives the Tibetan black bear. Few people have ever seen this animal. Bears have played a large role in folklore and mythology. In ancient times the Great Bear and the Little Bear were supposed to roam the skies. Two groups of stars have taken their names from this. The star group called the Great Bear is known to most people as the Big Dipper. The two lower stars of the bowl of this dipper point to the North Star. The North Star is the brightest star in the group of the Little Bear.