WRI BEAR STUDY 2021
As part of a longitudinal study of black bears in the wild, The Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, MN has placed a camera in a black bear den, affording researchers and the public a virtual view of how bears behave during hibernation. Den watchers will record data minute-by-minute to capture critical information for researchers - date, time, temperature, disturbances, precipitation, bear activities, and bear vocalizations.
1) Sign up for one-hour observations (2 or more times per week preferred but not required).
2) Observe a web cam in the den of a black bear in one-hour increments.
3) Record minute-by-minute data on an Excel spreadsheet.
4) Email spreadsheet to the den watch coordinators as an attachment weekly.
5) Write a brief summary of activities during your observation in the online forum.
1) Access to computer and Internet.
2) Basic mastery of computer functions: e-mail, saving files, attaching files/documents to email,
entering information on a spreadsheet
3) Basic proficiency in MS Word and MS Excel.
4) Ability to operate in U.S. Central Standard Time zone.
5) Reliable, self-motivated, and able to follow-through independently.
Time Commitment: One-hour increments, preferably a minimum of two days per week if possible.
FIRST (or preferred) NAME
MAILING ADDRESS (STREET, APT,)
ADDITIONAL ADDRESS INFO
PRIOR DEN WATCH EXPERIENCE (check all that apply)
No prior experience
2014 Den Watcher
2013 Den Watcher
2012 Den Watcher
2011 Den Watcher
2010 Den Watcher
Experience with another organization
What days/times would be your preferred time to volunteer? Any additional information?
Please share your expectations and what you hope to receive from participation in this study.
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