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Today is Saturday, January 26, and it is the full moon.
The full moon in January is sometimes called the "bear moon". Black bear cubs are generally born in January. The mother bear licks them clean, keeps them warm and moves into positions to make it easier for them to nurse. She continues her hibernation.
I have a great love for black bears, The first "wild" animal I remember seeing in captivity as a child was a black bear, "Monty", at a local park in central New Jersey. This began a lifelong quest to see a black bear in the wild. Even though I lived in rural Virginia near the Blue Ridge mountains, and hiked there often - I never saw one. Even though I vacationed in northern Ontario Canada - I never saw one. I live in western New York and I've spent time in the Catskills and the Adirondacks - I never saw one. So, I discovered a great website to fulfill my need to connect with these wonderful animals: The North American Bear Center.
The mission of the non-profit North American Bear Center is to advance the long-term survival of bears worldwide by replacing misconceptions with scientific facts about bears, their role in ecosystems, and their relations with humans.
There is a huge need for accurate information about bears worldwide.
Bears have been unfairly demonized for centuries. Exaggerated perceptions of danger historically led to eradication campaigns using bounties, poison, trapping, and shooting. All eight bear species around the world are now listed as vulnerable, threatened or endangered in all or portions of their ranges. Remote habitats that once insured isolation and protection are now being occupied by people, and the attitudes of these people will determine the future of those populations.
The Bear Center is dedicated to replacing misconceptions with facts worldwide. It is also working to conserve bear habitat, stop poaching for bear body parts, rehabilitate injured and orphaned bears back to the wild, and implement methods to reduce conflict between humans and bears.
This website has a wealth of information. There are facts and education, bear anecdotes, webcams, volunteer opportunities and gifts.
On this full moon of January, the Bear Moon, I encourage you to view the North American Bear Center's Website, learn more about these amazing animals and send positive thoughts to those adorable cubs being born right now.
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