2016 Black Bear Field Study

with Lynn Rogers, PhD and Sue Mansfield, MS

Course description: TLynn Rogers PhDLynn Rogers PhDhe Black Bear Field Study courses emphasize daily up-close observation of wild bears to learn their vocalizations, body language, social organization, ecology, and how people can better coexist with bears. Courses are held at the Northwoods Research Center located west of Ely, Minnesota. Participants are housed on site for maximum participation and total immersion in bears. The small class size (8) maximizes individual opportunities to learn under the guidance of 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, presentations, and field trips serve to amplify the information learned directly from the bears.

Sue Mansfield MSSue Mansfield MSParticipants 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.

Lorie Kennedy and Mike JohnsonLorie Kennedy & Mike JohnsonLynn Rogers, PhD began his bear research in 1967 and will lead most of the discussions and field excursions. Click here for his curriculum vitae. Sue Mansfield, MS has worked with Dr. Rogers since 2001. An expert on wildlife sign and a contributor to the book "Mammal Tracks and Sign: A Guide to North American Species," Sue leads a session on bear sign that will forever change the way you perceive the woods. Research assistants Lorie Kennedy and Mike Johnson conduct fieldwork for WRI and assist with Bear Courses. They know the bears well, and one or the other of them will be present to assist during each course.

Each course begins with lunch at noon on Sunday and ends Wednesday at 11 AM with the exception of the July 24 course which begins at 2 PM Sunday due to Lilypad Picnic events.

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.

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Edited:  December 16, 2015

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