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Bear Day

DateApr 13, 2014 @ 10:00 AM
LocationCanmore Senior's Drop-in Centre
More InfoClaudette Landry at 403-591-6319

Celebrate grizzly bears at Bear Day!

Mark Sunday, April 13th on your calendars!  To coincide with bears' emergence from their winter dens, Alberta Parks and WildSmart are once again hosting Bear Day, but this year it will be held at the Canmore Seniors' Drop-In Centre.  Due to flooding at the Canmore Civic Centre in January, the date and location of the event had to be changed.

This event is a celebration and welcoming of grizzly bears back on the landscape for another year.  It's also a great opportunity for the public to learn more about Kananaskis Country's grizzly bears and serves as a reminder that it's time once again to be bear aware.

Indoor and outdoor activities include bear spray demonstrations, family programs, bear talks, a bear trapping demonstration, and a scavenger hunt for the kids!  Meet a Karelian bear dog, learn how to hike and camp safely in bear country, and view grizzly bear and other wildlife displays.  

Activities begin at 10 am and end at 3 pm.  In the event of inclement weather, the majority of activities will take place indoors.  


10:00 a.m. Bear spray demonstration
10:30 a.m. Bear trapping demonstration
11:00 a.m. Bear Safety (talk)
Bear Aware! (family program)
Bear spray demonstration
12:00 p.m. Bear Day Official Welcome
12:15 p.m. Karelian bear dogs (talk)
1:00 p.m. Wildlife Research with remote cameras (talk)
2:00 p.m.   Teaching bears to be safe (talk)
Bear Aware! (family program)
Bear spray demonstration

Program Details

Bear spray demonstrations with inert bear spray are being offered at 10 am, 11 am, 1 pm, and 2 pm.  Join Fish & Wildlife Officer Dave Dickson and Conservation Officer Arian Spiteri to learn when and how to use bear spray, and then try it out yourself.

Bear Trapping Demonstration

How does a bear culvert trap work?  Why does Alberta Parks want to trap adult female grizzly bears in the Kananaskis Valley?  Join Park Ecologist John Paczkowski and Conservation Officer Randy Ramsden at 10:30 am as they trap a grizzly bear "volunteer" in this ½ hour demonstration.  Meet at the bear culvert trap in front of the Seniors' Drop-in Centre.  

Bear Aware!  

Join a Kananaskis Country park interpreter at 11 am and 1 pm for this fun, activity-based, 1-hour program designed for the entire family. Look for bear signs in the bear country scavenger hunt, and play "The Campsite is Right"!  Meet in the garden behind the Senior's Drop-in Centre.



Located inside the Seniors' Drop-in Centre

Bear Safety    11:00 am

Do you know how to behave when you're in bear country?  Join Human-Wildlife Conflict biologist Jay Honeyman for a 45-minute talk on how to reduce your risk of encounters with bears and what to do should an encounter occur when hiking or camping in bear country.  

Karelian Bear Dog Unit     12:15 pm

Fish & Wildlife Officers, John Clarke and Rob DiPalo, and their canine partners, Kuma, Koda, and Atlas help manage bear issues in the southern part of the province.  They also assist biologists in their work to monitor and track bear populations.  Join them in this 45-minute talk about their work with bears as well as other wildlife.    

Wildlife Research with remote cameras   1:00 pm

In Kananaskis Country, wildlife cameras are increasingly being used as tools for scientific research, to learn more about grizzly bears and elusive species like wolverine, bobcat, wolves and lynx. Join Park Ecologist John Paczkowski and get a "candid" glimpse into the lives of many species of wildlife that call Kananaskis Country home in this 45-minute talk.  

Teaching Bears To Stay Safe     2:00 pm

Conservation officers and bear biologists use aversive conditioning to help bears learn to stay away from areas where they are likely to encounter humans such as highways and campgrounds.  Join Conservation Officer Randy Ramsden to learn about aversive conditioning, and the tools that are used to keep track of bears in this 45-minute talk. 


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