Article and FB Post

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!

2018 Bear Fair Video!

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.

Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative at the Party in the Park!

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!

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Sandia Mountain Bear Collaborative Hosts the Annual Bear Fair at the 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



*Admission to Zoo is required

“Nature is not a place to visit. It is home.” ― Gary Snyder