Every day we see the value of volunteers. We couldn’t do what we do without them working as part of the team. That’s been the case throughout my 50-year career. And then with the advent of the Lily and Hope phenomenon, the power of volunteers ramped up. They saw needs, organized teams, and made big things happen, including Den Cams and the social media that led to so much. Mods work daily to keep that going. And just today, two volunteers trucked the broken bear scale 200 miles each way to have it fixed. Other volunteers and a tractor helped put it back in place. Soon other volunteers will wire it back into action. And another volunteer picked up new pictures for the upper walls of the Bear Center. And that’s just one day right here. Volunteers who learned about bears from the bears themselves are working in various ways around the world. We are all working to bring a better understanding for the good of bears.
To honor volunteers and celebrate Volunteer Week we will be broadcasting Live on April 10 & 11 at 11 am and 1 pm CT on the Special Events cam and on Facebook Live. Click here for a link to the Special Events Cam. We’ll have special drawings for exciting prizes! The Grand Prize will be drawn on Thursday during the 1 pm broadcast.
The first active bear I’ve heard of in this local area was caught on a trail cam at 7:52 PM on Friday, April 5. That’s the sign of spring I’ve been waiting for.
Thank you for all you do.
Lynn Rogers, Biologist, Wildlife Research Institute and North American Bear Center
Wildlife Research Institute
145 West Conan Street
Ely, Minnesota 55731 USA