Educational outreach is vital to attaining support for bear conservation by the public, administrators, and managers. The Kodiak Bear Trust has provided funding for popular education projects such as:
- “Kodiak Science Camp” for young people
- publication of The History of Bears on the Kodiak Archipelago
- publication of Kodiak Bears and the Exxon Valdez: A Conservation Saga in Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago
- publication of Living in Harmony with Bears
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The Kodiak Bear Trust also partners with State and Federal agencies and with Native Corporations and villages to share knowledge with local schools, youth groups and community leaders. One project involved students from a local village as they analyzed bear movement patterns obtained from a GPS radio-telemetry study that was supported by the Kodiak Bear Trust. Other Trust-funded projects enlist local high school students to retrofit dumpster lids to make them more bear resistant, and a comprehensive education program where local professionals teach high school students about bears and employment opportunities that involve working with bears.
The Kodiak Bear Trust will continue and expand all of these outreach activities, targeting young people, hunters, fishermen, wildlife viewers and photographers, and recreation business operators.
Bear viewing in appropriate sites provides opportunities for people to safely photograph the animals and improve understanding of bear behavior.
ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME. 2002. Kodiak Archipelago Bear Conservation and Management Plan. Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Anchorage, AK.
KODIAK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE. 1987. Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan, Environmental Impact Statement, and Wilderness Review. US Fish and Wildlife Service, Anchorage, AK, USA.
RICHARDSON, T. AND D. CLINE, Eds. 2000. Kodiak Bears and the Exxon Valdez: A Conservation Saga in Alaska’s Kodiak Archipelago
STONOROV, D., G. LYON, N. LORD AND J. SCHOEN. 2000. Living in Harmony with Bears. National Audubon Society. Anchorage, AK.
VAN DAELE, L.J. 2003. The History of Bears on the Kodiak Archipelago. Alaska Natural History Association. Anchorage, Alaska, USA