Scientific American has this article about the pinon and it’s potential in the western US. A lot of the climate change impacts on nature are seen here before most places, although this article also suggests that the fluctuation in trees could be due to previous abundance.
In this post, a bear attempts to get into a trash can in Los Alamos County. A bear-resistant trash can stops her, and may well save her life!
We all had a great time at the 2018 Bear Fair hosted at the Albuquerque Zoo. This video, made by Frank Michel, captures some of the events and people present. Thank you, Frank!
The beginning show a mother bear and her three cubs captured on trail cams in the Sandia Mountains. The mom and her first cub have black fur, while her second cub has cinnamon-colored fur, and the third has some blond in his fur. However, they are all Black Bears.
The Party in the Park is an annual event hosted by the High Desert Residential Homeowner Association. This is the second year the SMBC has been there. We had a table with information packets, flyers for the 2018 Bear Fair, and of course, some bear scat! The scat is part of our dietary analysis of the bears in the Sandia Mountains, which science students at Sandia High School help us analyse!
Dylan Frenzel with the Rio Grande Zoo, is doing the Oso Project as part of the science done by the Zoo and the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative. Check it out here!
Rio Grande Zoo
Our yearly event, the Bear Fair, is happening on September 23, 2018 from 1-4 pm. It is at the Rio Grande Zoo*.
Join the Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative for this festive event which will feature lectures on living with Bears, and Bear behavior. Children’s events and booths about wildlife from local organizations will be there! The booths will be located near the Polar Bear Enclosure, and the lectures will be at the Colores building.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS – Colores Building
Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Bears and Were Afraid to Ask! – Rick Winslow, Bear and Cougar Biologist, NM Department of Game & Fish – 1:00pm
The Language of Bears – Daryl Ratajczak, Wildlife for You – 2:00pm
Natural History of Polar Bears – Jenn Ericksen, Rio Grande Zoo, Sr. Keeper – 3:00pm
NM Game and Fish
US Forest Service
Sandia Mountain Natural History Center
Pueblo of Sandia
Wildlife for You
Friends of the Sandia Mountains
Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Program
Talking Talons Youth Leadership
Carvings by Lunn
*Admission to Zoo is required
“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ― Gary Snyder