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This Week on Explore (12/13)

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This week, explore.org was honored at the Streamy’s Social Good Awards for best streaming NGO/Non-Profit. We are so grateful for this honor and thank you all for being part of this journey!

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We just can’t get enough manatees! Welcome our Homosassa Springs cameras in Florida to the explore.org network, made possible by Save the Manatee Club.Learn more about the new manatee cam library from our founder Charlie Annenberg.

While the osprey are away, the owls will play! Come check out the Charlo Osprey cam to see what all the HOOT is about!

GHO on Charlo Flies Around Nest

As we near the end of 2019, we wanted to take a look back at the top moments of the year. Help us showcase these top moments! Take this survey to cast your vote now!

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This Week on Explore (11/6)

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Happy December! As we head into yet another busy holiday season, we are here to help remind you to take a minute to reconnect with nature. As part of our core mission, we aim to be the antidote to stress. In our latest video, join Charlie Annenberg Weingarten as he explores the power of nature and its ability to heal, refresh, and inspire.

Last week, we highlighted the CamOp Photo winners of June – September. Check them out now!

CamOp Arya

CamOp Arya

It’s Long-eared owl season! Watch the livecam for a chance to see groups of long-eared owls roosting during the winter!

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If a beach vacation is out of the question for you this winter come take a virtual holiday in the Caribbean Sea. Come under the sea with us on the Cayman Reef Cam!

Spotted Stingrays Cayman Reef

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CamOp Photo Winners: June – September 2019

As we near towards the end of the year, let’s revisit some warmer times as we highlight the incredible CamOp Photo Winners of June to September!

JUNE

First Place:

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Moment by CamOp Nan, Photo taken by Laurie M.

Runner Up: 

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CamOp Scout

Honorable Mentions: 


JULY – “Charlie’s Picks” 


AUGUST

First Place

Runner Ups


SEPTEMBER

First Place

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Photo by Kim B.

Runner Ups:

Honorable Mentions:

Check out all CamOp snapshots by visiting their snapshot gallery!

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This Week on Explore (11/22)

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Elephants are known for their complex social structures, and they travel in large groups that can include generations of family. It’s no surprise that elephants often come to the aid of family members, old and young, when they need it. This week on one of our Mpala cams in Kenya, family quickly came to the aid of an elephant calf who fell into the watering hole. Watch the clip of them working as a team to protect their own.

New livecam alert! Please welcome the Save the Manatee cam located in Blue Spring State Park which gives manatees a warm home during these frigid winter months.

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Good news for the polar bears! This week, several bears moved offshore as sea ice began to freeze up, marking the beginning of their winter hunt. To watch the developing chill, visit our Cape West Cam at Wapusk National Park.

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The temperatures are dropping so stay warm while enjoying the best views of nature indoors. With a wide variety of wildlife, come watch the Mississippi Flyway cam for non-stop entertainment.

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This Week on Explore (11/15)

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This week, we celebrated Veteran’s Day by completing a matching fundraiser for Service Dog Project. Within THREE DAYS you raised over $115,000 dollars to help veterans receive service dogs. As we promised, we will match every single dollar with a grand total of $230,000! Thank you to the men, women, and K9s who have fought to protect our freedoms.

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The Anacapa Peregrines have “rented” out their nest while on holiday to a group of pelicans! Check it out here!

Anacapa Island Pelican CU

Hey neighbor, have any ice to share? A curious polar bear wanders over to inspect a tundra buggy while waiting for the sea ice to freeze. Watch the whole moment here:

The Grand Cayman Underwater cam got an upgrade! With new crystal clear views it will feel like you are actually underwater.

Grand Cayman Underwater Shark Passes

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This Week on Explore (11/8)

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Happy Polar Bear Week! In partnership with Polar Bears International, we spent all week learning about polar bear migration, the importance of sea ice, and what we can do to help solve the climate change crisis.  If you watch the polar bear cams, you can still play Polar Bear Cam Bingo and win prizes. Learn more here!

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It’s dinner time in South Africa and what’s on the menu? A giant catfish! Watch as this incredible Nile Crocodile snatches a large catfish for a quick snack.

Africam Croc Eats Catfish

Today, we kicked off Veteran’s Day weekend by announcing our matching fundraiser with Service Dog Project. Donate now and help gift a service dog to a veteran!

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This Week on Explore (11/1)

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When the Tick Fire engulfed parts of Southern California, it threatened the lives of the rescued animals at The Gentle Barn, a non-profit that rehabilitates animals from severe abuse and neglect. We started a matching fundraiser and within two days you raised over $20,000! We are so moved by your generosity and so grateful to have a community that supports one another. Thank you to everyone who shared, donated, or wished Gentle Barn a quick recovery!

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We are excited to announce the Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary has returned back to our livecam family! On the Gathering Room cam only, they will be live from 11am PT – 12pm CT every day starting next week! Check back in to see your favorite senior pups.

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There’s daily beauty on our nature cams, but every so often we witness a particularly wild moment. That was the case this week on the Rosie’s Pan Cam in South Africa, when a large pride of lions took a group rest at their local watering hole.

Several Lions Drinking at Watering Hole

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This Week on Explore (10/25)

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Polar Bear Cam is back live from the arctic tundra in Churchill, Canada! Join us every day as we watch polar bears wait for the sea ice to freeze. We started this week with a special live event with Polar Bears International and Mike Fitz. Check it out here:

Years ago, Polar Bears International collared a bear that explore.org viewers named Ursula. Since that time, Ursula has traveled vast distances and raised several cubs. Check out her incredible story here:

Come fly with us! If you haven’t checked out our Mississippi Flyway cam, you are missing out on a plethora of incredible bird sightings.

Pelican Close Up Flyway

Last week, we hosted the first ever “Bear Cam Fan Art Week” where we featured incredible artwork from viewers. Check it out here!

Holly at Lower River by Anita L. Phillips

Holly at Lower River by Anita L. Phillips

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Bear Cam Fan Art Week 2019 Submissions

Drawing by beloved bearcam fan Dicky Neely

Drawing by beloved bearcam fan Dicky Neely

Last week, we asked viewers to submit their artwork, poems, or any creative piece inspired by the bearcams. We received so many incredible submissions we couldn’t keep them all to ourselves so we decided to share a bunch of beautiful pieces with you all!

Bear Cam Fan Art - Amanda @a21981

Amanda @a21981

Bear diorama by @janiceterrill2019

Bear diorama by @janiceterrill2019

Watercolor of 480 Otis snorkeling in Naknek Lake - Kandie Lynn

Watercolor of 480 Otis snorkeling in Naknek Lake – Kandie Lynn

Bear Snorkeling by Louise Nicholson

Bear Snorkeling by Louise Nicholson

By GreenRiver

By GreenRiver

Watercolor by Sara Smith

Watercolor by Sara Smith

Quilt by Julia Stuempel

Quilt by Julia Stuempel

By Lindsay Murray

By Lindsay Murray

Poem by CamOp Ele

Poem by CamOp Ele

Holly at Lower River by Anita L. Phillips

Holly at Lower River by Anita L. Phillips

719 when she was a spring cub in 2015 - Lisa Robertson

719 when she was a spring cub in 2015 – Lisa Robertson

My Ode to 480 Otis by Goldilocks, Canada:

Sung to “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by OTIS Redding

Sitting in the office mist


It’s amazing how we coexist


Watching the salmon jump


I’m striving to get pleasantly plump, yeah

I’m sitting at the base of the falls


In bright sun or driving squalls, ooh


I’m just sitting at the base of the falls


So sublime

I left my den on dumpling


Headed for the river deep


Have to catch me high fat salmon


In preparation for my long, cold sleep

So, I’m gon’ sit at the base of the falls


Following my protocols, ooh


No sows in estrus or nasty brawls


Summertime

In the heart of my home range


Everything still remains the same


Now, covered in a snowy blanket of white


The granite walls echo my name, listen

Sleeping now resting my bones


While you worry about all the unknowns, listen


The walls echo my name


Nothing will extinguish my flame

Forever, I’ll be sitting in the mist


In eternal salmon bliss, ooh


Sitting at the base of the falls


Wintertime

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Bearcam Week in Review October 18, 2019

Hi and welcome to our weekly Bear Cam blog. We will be publishing this blog every week with a review of the previous weeks Bear Cam highlights. Brought to you by your bear cam Mods, LaniH and GABear. This weeks highlight video can be viewed here.

Most bears disperse away from Brooks River by mid October as salmon become less and less abundant, according to a comment by Mike Fitz.  We are certainly seeing that trend with bear sightings at the falls and riffles area. We saw only 3 adult male bears this week and one sow with cubs.  Most of our sightings have been subadults. Mike’s comment continued:

“The peak of the sockeye spawning season is September so with each passing day, there are fewer salmon in the river. We can still see bears at the river well into November, just a lot fewer of them. The bears who have departed may try to find another place to fish, but Brooks River is one of the last places where bears can find salmon this late in the year. I suspect when bears leave the river in October, many of them are beginning their slow journey toward their denning area.”

Read about bear hibernation in this blog by Mike Fitz.

Even though we did not see a lot of bears, we did note that there were still salmon attempting to jump the falls!   Here are Mike’s thoughts on this:

“…..From what I’ve seen on the falls cam so far this month, while there are lots of salmon jumping they are not making the leap successfully. They appear to be mostly sockeye, so they probably lack the energy to make the jump at this stage in their lives. My suspicion is that they are fish who are looking for the right place to spawn near the falls. I also suspect that the large escapement in the Naknek River watershed has influenced the behavior of salmon below the falls. Maybe spawning conditions downstream of the falls are crowded enough that some salmon would like to find more room upstream.”

lone salmon jumping an empty falls Snapshot by pkilborn

lone salmon jumping an empty falls Snapshot by pkilborn

274 Overflow was seen near the falls earlier this week.

274 Overflow Snapshot by Phillydude

274 Overflow Snapshot by Phillydude

32 Chunk also put in an early morning appearance.

32 Chunk Snapshot by kcanada

32 Chunk Snapshot by kcanada

480 Otis was fishing below the falls just about every day until October 13. He seemed to gain weight before our eyes, looking much bigger now than when he was scanned in September and when the photos for the Fat Bear Contest were taken.  He could have been gaining 2-4 pounds per day! His time at the falls was quite successful. He was catching a lot of salmon in his office and in the jacuzzi.

480 Otis with a nice catch Snapshot by merry_mermaid

480 Otis with a nice catch Snapshot by merry_mermaid

Sometimes he had the falls to himself, but often there were a number of subadults around him looking to catch a fish, pick up scraps, or in the case of these two play.

480 Otis uninterrupted by subadults playing  Snapshot by Blair-55

480 Otis uninterrupted by subadults playing Snapshot by Blair-55

The other adult bear seen this week was sow 402 with her three yearling cubs.  They made a couple of appearances on the falls and riffles cams. The 3 cubs that looked so skinny in early summer are now fat and sporting thick winter coats.

402 and her cubs in the riffles Snapshot by Duska

402 and her cubs in the riffles Snapshot by Duska

402 again showed her diving skills during one visit to the falls.  She is quite a good diving bear and disappeared into the depths of the jacuzzi in search of fish.  She wasn’t successful this time, but often she is successful with this fishing technique. You can read and watch more about 402’s diving – as well as that of other bears who have been seen diving – at this link

402 diving in the Jacuzzi while her cubs watch Snapshot by lindaloumn

402 diving in the Jacuzzi while her cubs watch Snapshot by lindaloumn

When watching the riffles cam, we’ve noted a lot of salmon in a shallow area near the platform.

salmon in the riffles Snapshot by Corrwest

salmon in the riffles Snapshot by Corrwest

Subadult 907 has been fishing in that area and used this interesting technique of leaping off a leaning tree trunk trying to snag a fish. Watch how successful he is in this video.

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Another subadult caught a fish near the falls and as it bit through the fish we got a view of the milt (sperm) squirting out.

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A cam op took control of the Dumpling Mountain cam one day and gave us some great close up views of the Mountain and surrounding area.  Some years, we’ve seen bears walking on the mountainside on that cam, but we didn’t find any that day. We did, however, note some bears moving around in the Lower River near the spit area when the cam zoomed in there.  They were really just dark specs, but we knew they were bears from their movements in and out of the river. :-) To see more about Dumpling Mountain, check this blog by Mike Fitz about his hike up the mountain.

view of lower river from Dumpling Mtn Snapshot by Corrwest

view of lower river from Dumpling Mtn Snapshot by Corrwest

We saw a wolf on cam twice this week.  One hurried by the falls viewing platform, and one was seen further downriver from the riffles near the cutbank area.

bear and wolf near the cutbank Snapshot by lsearls

bear and wolf near the cutbank Snapshot by lsearls

A nice view of a Bald Eagle was caught on cam on Wednesday.

Bald Eagle Snapshot by Debi

Bald Eagle Snapshot by Debi

We also saw an eagle dive into the water from the riffles and falls cam then swim to the island with its catch.

eagle swimming to the island with its catch Snapshot by CamOp Paula

eagle swimming to the island with its catch Snapshot by CamOp Paula

Thursday morning we were treated with a snowy view of Dumpling Mountain. Notice the tracks in the snow. Viewers wondered if they could be made by a wolverine or a ground squirrel.  Mike Fitz commented with his thoughts later:

“I’m still not 100% percent sure what animal may have made the tracks in the snow near the cam. However, the tracks are too small to be a bear. The tracks are also not from a person, moose, or caribou. Ground squirrels are in the dens hibernating by now and their tracks would be much smaller. The gait provides some clues though. Since the tracks are meandering and seem to indicate the animal was exploring and searching. My best guess is that they are from a wolverine.”

Dumpling Mountain covered in snow Snapshot by CamOp Greg

Dumpling Mountain covered in snow Snapshot by CamOp Greg

Favorite Bearcam Moment

As the end of the season gets closer, we’re wondering about your Favorite Moments of the season.  We chose 20 possibilities at this link and you can go and vote for your top three choices.

Share your Fan Art!

Have you ever made a bear cam inspired painting, illustration, poem, animation, or other creative piece? We’d love to see it. Email us at [email protected] to enter our Bear Cam Fan Art contest. We’re awarding prizes all week and featuring our favorite submissions on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

Fat Bear Week Finale Chat

Bearcam viewer Survey

Just how important is an individual animal? How might the famous bearcam bears influence conservation efforts? Mike Fitz talks about this survey here.

Please help us answer those questions and more by taking this survey.   

Are You There Brown Bear

Mike Fitz has launched a Community Science Project where your snapshot can help monitor information about the bears you see on the cams.

This community science project will supplement the Brooks River bear monitoring program by recording observations of bears during and outside official monitoring sessions, essentially extending one aspect of the bear monitoring program through an entire summer and beyond as long as the webcams are functioning.

To participate: After taking a Snapshot, click on “Community Science” below the snapshot.

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The 2019 Bears of Brooks River ebook is available for downloading here.