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I Was Not Prepared

By Mike Fitz I was not prepared for what I saw. I know people say that about total solar eclipses. I interviewed a NASA scientist who explained as much. Even though I never doubted their sincerity, people who have experienced total solar eclipses say it so much—“I wasn’t prepared”—that you wonder whether the sentiment is

How Big are the Fat Bear Week Bears?

By Mike Fitz Fat Bear Week is over for another year, and Holly has claimed the title of the fattest bear of 2019. She is a true champion of Katmai National Park, an individual who exemplifies skill and success in the bear world. In Katmai, fully grown and well fed adult female bears like Holly

Upcoming Bearcam Live Events

Welcome to the second peak season on the bearcams in Katmai National Park Alaska. Throughout September and early October, Ranger Naomi and explore.org’s resident naturalist Mike Fitz will host many live events exploring the world of bears and salmon. All events listed below, except the Reddit AMA, can be found on the Brooks Live Chat

A Bearcam Blackout

By Mike Fitz In 1931, President Herbert Hoover used his authority under the 1906 Antiquities Act to expand Katmai National Monument “for the protection of the brown bear, moose, and other wild animals.” The expansion included much of the land and water included within Katmai National Park today, such as its rugged coastline and the

Bears and Humans at Brooks River: A Discussion

By Mike Fitz Watching bearcam, it’s easy to think of Brooks River as a place primarily for bears, yet the river and its bears do not exist in a vacuum. They live and survive in the most visited place in Katmai National Park. On Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m. Pacific (1 p.m. EDT), I

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