Red Deer River Naturalists

The Red Deer river Naturalists are a group dedicated to learning about and preserving natural history. They have regular programs with speakers and many field trips.

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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Steve Herrero

      Steve Herrero showed us the old pro he is when he gave a super presentation Oct.22 at Red Deer College. He started his talk by showing what bear behavior was when bears were truly wild and finished by speculating on their future. He showed us how we spoiled the bears by our behavior as tacky tourists and our pathetic waste disposal of an earlier age.

     His study of bear behavior was impressive for the tremendous detail of all behaviors. He showed us that black bears are mostly bluff except in a small minority of cases. The grizzly behaves differently so give grizzlies a wide berth. We learned about bear feeding habits and how this gets them into trouble.

    As always he showed a great sense of humor when describing bears. His close encounters include every detail.

    He finished by giving us a prediction or his hope for bears in the future. As always habitat and fragmentation are keys to bear success.

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