Jewel of the Northwoods . . .

I apologize. I have lapsed in my “bearly” duties. It may surprise you to know that January is a busy time in the bear dens in northern MN. And, because of our very mild winter, some bears have been busy outside as well. There have been several stories of bears awake and walking around.

In past years, I have kept my readers informed of the bear den cams and the lives of the new cubs. This year, although I have been watching it all unfold, I have not been sharing the life of the bears with you. So, I would like to fix that today . . . there are exciting things going on.

There are three den cams recording the bears this year. Lily and Faith – Lily is the famous bear who was the first to give birth live on the internet a few years ago and her one year old cub Faith. The second den cam records Honey and Lucky two bears at the North American Bear Center who decided to den together this year for some unknown reason. And, drum roll please ….
The star of January 2012 is 3 yr old Jewel who became a mom for the first time giving birth live on the internet this week to two cubs. (light spot under her chin is a baby bear)

Baby bear viewing is better than ever due to placement of the camera and the fact that Jewel is facing the camera much of the time. There are tons of bear sounds in the den, one cub is definitely a screamer (so you might want to turn your volume down). The new little cubbies are visible often and you can watch as their tiny little legs and paws help them to crawl around on mom looking for the perfect spot. Jewel seems to be a perfect and very patient mother.

Here are some links for further information, the den cams, and highlight videos:

Highlights of the cubs first few days of life can be seen here: Highlight video at YouTube

All three live cams can all be found here: Home page for the Den Cams

And for written updates and photos visit this page: Daily Updates

Take some time this weekend to watch the bears .. nature can be very soothing (when the babies are not screaming too loudly for attention ;-))

“Bears keep me humble. They help me to keep the world in perspective and to understand where I fit on the spectrum of life. We need to preserve the wilderness and its monarchs for ourselves, and for the dreams of children. We should fight for these things as if our life depended on it, because it does.”
~ Wayne Lynch

~ by bearyweather on January 28, 2012.

11 Responses to “Jewel of the Northwoods . . .”

  1. Awe…thank you for sharing this. You’re right the cubs ARE noisy little things, but so cute! What a good mama Jewel is!

  2. Thank you for mentioning these beautiful bears. They make my day to day life so much more bearable. I love all of them, and Dr. Rogers has had a big hand in that.

    By the way, I enjoy reading your posts.

    Thank you!

  3. Hi Bearyweather, Thanks for sharing about the bears in your post today. I have never seen a bear here in TN but I do know that Black Bears do live in the Great Smoky Mountains. I think that there may even be a few Black Bears roaming around the forest here on the Cumberland Plateau in uninhabited spots. Have a most wonderful day tomorrow!

    • We are extremely blessed in Minnesota to have two wonderful places to learn about bears and view them. The North American Bear Center near Ely is the place with the den cams and the scientists that follow the family of bears around in the woods documenting their life.
      There is also the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary near Orr (American Black Bear link on the side bar). This is where I take all of my bear pictures. They offer great viewing of bears in the wild … up close and personal.
      You should look around your area a bit more … maybe there are some bear studies or known bear areas where you can learn more and see some bears, too.

  4. love the photos. Can’t wait for spring. I got a bike for
    Christmas. Tooooooo cold to ride right now.

  5. I have LOVED watching the bears in the past! Hope to have time to do this again soon. Love how you remind us of these sacred brothers and sisters again and again.

    • After the tragedy this Fall (the first cub born on the internet “Hope” was shot and killed by a hunter) … I kind of faded away from the site … not their fault, just found it too sad to visit. I was cleaning up some old posts in January and in the process was reminded that new life was happening and that it was time to check back in on the bears. I love bears (bet you can’t tell ;-))
      I have been really happy with how much easier it is to get glimpses of the babies this year. Their young cries sound almost human at times … it is just a pure glimpse at simple life ….
      I hope they live long and prosper this time ….

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