Tasha, Kelly, NABC Membership - UPDATE November 30, 2017

Tasha has not been out of her den since the snow, it appears. That would be all of November. The picture shows her den with the snow intact.Tasha's den on 11/24/17Tasha's den on 11/24/17

On Wednesday, we were proud of our intern Kelly Mickael. I remember her best for how she worked so conscientiously with Donna with butterflies in the Ecology Hall. People said a lot of nice things about her. She did a presentation down in Iowa, and Intern Coordinator/Director of Education Judy Thon drove down for it and got this picture. Judy is starting to look for interns and bear educators for next year and wrote the words below.

Kelly Mickael one of our 2017 Summer interns at the NABC came to us from the Cornell College Fellows program sponsored by The Berry Career Institute, located in Mt Vernon Iowa. The Cornell College Fellows Program is Cornell's premier opportunity for high-level internships and experiential learning. The program was developed in 2005 through the vision of former Cornell Trustee Dean Riesen '79. Over 300 fellows have completed this intense program. Each "fellow" undergoes a series of reviews/interviews to find a partnered site to enhance their knowledge in their chosen field. Kelly MickaelKelly MickaelKelly found the NABC internship and applied for the fellowship program. Based on Kelly's experience and her feedback to the Berry Career Institute the NABC internship program will be a partnered site for potential future interns. Kelly gave an excellent 10 minute presentation on her NABC summer internship, she represented herself, the Fellows program and the NABC very well. Kelly thanked the entire NABC staff and volunteers for her fantastic experience this summer. She is already helping to recruit future NABC interns.

If you know a college student interested in ecology, biology, environmental sciences, animal behavior, wildlife management, have them contact Judy Thon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application.

Director Scott Edgett and Office Manager Heidi Schiltz are announcing our December Membership Drive that sounds like a great deal. I see one of the complimentary gifts is a free combo DVD pack. I hope you get that and show it to your neighbors to spread the good word about bears. One of the DVD’s is Bearwalker of the Northwoods that they couldn’t watch without feeling something for bears. The other DVD is The Man Who Walks with Bears that is also hard-hitting for bears. I commend Scott and Heidi for including this DVD combo pack as an incentive to buy a membership. The words below are from them.


It has been another successful season here at the North American Bear Center. We would like to show our gratitude by offering you a special gift with our December Membership Drive! Do you have a “hard to shop for” nature lover in your life? If so, try something new and gift them with a North American Bear Center “Individual” or “Family/Grandparent” membership. Our memberships are good for one year from the date of purchase. In addition to helping support our non-profit organization you also receive a thank you gift pack whether you buy a gift membership or one for yourself!

2017 Membership Drive
As a bonus, if you purchase any* membership during the month of December, you will receive your choice of the following items. A combo DVD pack featuring Bearwalker of the Northwoods and The Man Who Walks with Bears or our Paw Prints mug in your membership packet(only one gift choice available with each membership purchase)! Both of these movies were filmed by the BBC and feature Dr.Roger’s work of studying bears. Our pottery style mug is dishwasher safe and features the name of our organization. To receive your gift, add it to your cart at the time of purchase with your membership.

DVD Combo PackDVD Combo Pack Bear Paw MugBear Paw Mug


Along with the gift you choose and membership packet you will save 10% off any purchase that you make on-site or through our online gift shop. If you are interested in becoming a member, you will find that information in our gift shop as well! Don’t forget to check back with our gift shop often or you may miss products like these new pajamas. There are two different styles available for adults, one features a moose and the other a bear. We also have new pajamas for children!

New PajamasNew pajamas available at the NABC gift shop

Another benefit of becoming a member with the North American Bear Center is that your admission is covered for you. If you are planning your vacation for next year, consider Ely and the North American Bear Center as your destination. Visit www.tripadvisor.com where we are rated #1 and let the testimonials speak for themselves.

With the holiday season fast approaching we want to make sure you receive your gift on time. We ship our merchandise via the United States Post Office. Domestic orders should be placed by December 20th 2017, while International orders should be placed by December 9th so they arrive on time.

We want to thank you for your support of the North American Bear Center through the 2017 year. Whether you have visited us in person, made a monetary donation, volunteered your time or purchased an item from our gift shop you have helped and are greatly appreciated.

Ted, Lucky, Holly, and Tasha thank you for your support!

Scott Edgett and Heidi Schiltz
Senior Director and Manager
North American Bear Center
Ely, MN 55731

* Cub Club Membership excluded

Thank you for all you do.

Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center