Black Bear Field Study
with Lynn Rogers, PhD and Sue Mansfield, MS
Course description: Courses emphasize daily observation of wild bears to learn their vocalizations, body language, social organization, ecology, and how people can better coexist with bears. The small class size (8) maximizes individual opportunities to participate in black bear research with Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., as seen on the Animal Planet documentary "The Man Who Walks With Bears" and the BBC documentary 'Bearwalker of the Northwoods.' Daily discussions and slide presentations amplify the information learned directly from the bears.
Participants include anyone interested in bears. These workshops are life-changing for anyone who fears bears, unforgettable for people who appreciate bears, and essential for professionals who deal with bear issues. Click here for Participants' Comments.
Lynn Rogers, Ph.D., has conducted field research on bears since 1967 and will lead most of the field excursions. Click here for his curriculum vitae. Sue Mansfield completed her Master's through Antioch University New England and has been conducting fieldwork with Dr. Rogers since 2001. She knows the kinship relations among the 50+ bears in the study area and knows each bear's individual personality. She monitors the movements of a radio-collared clan and frequently accompanies trusting individuals for 10-12 hours at a time to learn details of their lives. An expert on wildlife sign and a contributor to the book "Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species," Sue will show us bear sign and describe how it was made. Sue also knows many of the birds and plants in the area.
Courses are conducted at the Northwoods Research Center and surrounding forest west of Ely, Minnesota. Each course begins on Sunday at 4 PM and ends on Wednesday at 10 AM.
Course Fee: $2500 ($2350 tax deductible). A non-refundable deposit of $1250 is due at registration with the balance of $1250 due 2 months prior to course date. Fee includes course materials, certificate of completion, receipt for the tax-deductible portion of the fee, and lodging and meals at Northwoods Research Center. The Wildlife Research Institute is a nonprofit (501(c)(3)). The deductible $2350 is the portion beyond actual expenses and is considered a donation to further our research and education program.
Cancellation Policy: Deposits are returned (minus a $250 administration fee) only if the cancelled spots can be filled. If the cancelled spots cannot be filled, the deposits may be deferred and applied to any course in the following year.
Contact: Please email any questions to
Edited: July 7, 2014