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NATURE | Bears of the Last Frontier | Video Diary: Chris in the Field | PBS

Duration: 02:12
Program: Nature #2815

Ecologist Chris Morgan gives some helpful tips on avoiding any unwanted run-ins with brown bears and shows us vegetation that bears enjoy to snack on.

Chris: "I filmed this video diary early on, just as we were getting into the swing of filming on the Alaska Peninsula - my favorite place on earth. This coastal region of Alaska is packed with giant brown bears, and at this time of year (June) they are busy finding mates. It's important to be ever-mindful of the bears here - we are the visitors after all. One important safety measure is to make noise to avoid surprising a bear - especially in the thick brush you'll see in this video diary. It's also a good idea to carry bear spray - just in case. Another good way to stay one step ahead is to know some of the foods that attract bears - they consume dozens of different plants - hard to believe that animals this large focus on eating vegetation for much of the year! Check this video out to see some favorites: lupin, horsetail, and fireweed."

Nature joins adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan and filmmaker Joe Pontecorvo on a year-long motorcycle odyssey deep into Alaska's bear country to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of these majestic animals as they struggle to make a living in five dramatically diverse Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra, and pack ice.



Post Date: April 29, 2011