Thursday, February 3, 2011

Advancing Bear Care 2011

Advancing Bear Care 2011
6 - 9 October
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Early Bird Registration for ABC 2011 is now open. Register now and become eligible for the Early Bird Draw to win one of two free-registration prizes. Early Bird Registration deadline is midnight Wednesday, June 1st 2011. Register now and avoid disappointment. Our last two bear care conferences were sold out! Go To


We have booked a group of hotels all located in the same block right on the Bow River in Banff. The Banff Park Lodge also owns the Bow View Lodge and the Homestead Inn. Delegates will be able to book a room at one of three price points. You can stay at the Banff Park Lodge [four star hotel] for $130.00 per night - sleeps two - add $15.00 for a third person plus tax, or at the

Bow View Lodge [three star hotel] for $110.00 per night – sleeps two – add $15.00 for a third person plus tax, or at the Homestead Inn [two star hotel] for $95.00 per night plus tax– sleeps two. All of the hotels offer clean, fresh rooms with various amenities, and are a two minute walk to dozens of restaurants and pubs at varying price points from McDonalds to international cuisine. Most meals will be offered at the conference but time will be set aside for delegates to experience Banff and the Rocky Mountains. All conference presentations and workshops will be held at the Banff Park Lodge. The arrangement of the hotels is reminiscent of a college campus for convenience. Go To


The Science Committee now welcomes the submission of abstracts for poster presentations focused on progressive bear care at sanctuaries, zoos, and rehabilitation facilities around the world. Subjects include (but are not limited to) bear husbandry, rehabilitation and release, behavior, environmental enrichment, training for husbandry and veterinary needs, neonatal care, human/bear relationship building, enclosure design, and veterinary interests. Please note, you must have registered for the conference in order to submit an abstract. Once your abstract is submitted, the Science Committee will send you information on your poster presentation's acceptance. Awards will be given to the most outstanding poster presentations in various categories including i/ Greatest Value To Resident Bear(s), ii/ Most Innovative Husbandry Concept, and iii/ Best Overall Visual Presentation. Due to time restraints and the teaching nature of this conference, all oral presentations will be made by invited guest lecturers only. The deadline for poster presentation abstracts submission is July 31st 2011. Go To


Breakfast is served in our private breakfast room above the hotel lobby. We will meet in the lobby early to board buses to take us out to trail heads each morning [Friday, Saturday, and Sunday] for a guided 1-2 hour hike into bear habitat interpreted by bear biologists, returning to the hotels around noon. Lunch will be served in the conference suite [except for one where delegates can try Banff cuisine]. We will meet at the conference suite for or after lunch for afternoon species-specific workshops for problem-solving sessions lead by some of our captive bear experts. Delegates are asked to bring questions, photos, and other support materials of their current enclosures and husbandry issues to share with the delegates for discussion. Workshops will cater specifically to zoos, sanctuaries, and rehabilitation facilities. Dinner will be served at the conference suite [except for two where delegates can try Banff cuisine]. We will meet after dinner in the conference suite for evening presentations given by species specific bear biologists focusing on how wild bears use their habitat. In the large lobby attached to our conference suite we will offer registration, poster presentations, the silent auction, and the Bear Book and Art Den. Delegates are asked to present their latest work in poster presentations. The Bear Care Group is beginning a new tradition of presenting awards recognizing caregivers for their presentations and hard work.


We are aware that some delegates need to be back to work after the weekend, but others can stay to sightsee. We are thrilled to announce that we will offer a three day trip into the interior of British Columbia to visit the wonderful Northern Lights Wildlife Society near the town of Smithers We will travel there from Calgary by bus or air, stay over night in Smithers, visit the rehabilitation facility for one day, and travel back to Calgary [or delegates can travel onto Vancouver or other destinations] on the third day. The Northern Lights Wildlife Society is distinguished by rehabilitating for release both American black bears and grizzly bears. Travel plans will be made as delegates express interest in the trip during conference registration. The trip is tentatively set for Tuesday, October 11th to Thursday, October 13th 20011. On Monday, October 10th we hope to offer a full day trip to the Calgary Zoo. Go To


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