One of the great joys of a Whistler summer is the chance to see one of our valley’s dozens of resident black bears. Still, they remain widely misunderstood by visitors and locals alike. Thus, in the name of black bear education, with a healthy dose of celebration as well, August is officially Bear Month at the Whistler Museum.
We kicked things off with our 17th annual LEGO-building Competition last weekend, where 50 kids built some awesome LEGO creations along the theme, “What if you were a Whistler bear?” We saw everything from cozy bear dens, to high-tech airplanes to assist bear conservationists of the future, and lots more.
For the upcoming 3 Saturdays we will be bringing even more bear events with our Family Bear Days featuring renowned local bear researcher Michael Allen. Each day will feature a special presentation by Michael Allen on a different bear-related topic, followed by a family friendly bear craft. Everyone is welcome and all the activities are included with a regular admission to the museum.
Tomorrow, the series starts off with the presentation “Behaviour of Whistler black bears,” providing a solid overview of the other “local population” and the particular adaptations they have made to Whistler. Afterwards, you can make your own bear mask and practice your bear-y behaviour!
On August 24th, Michael Allen presents “10 mothers, 20 years: a look at the changing bear family.” Following the talk we will make families of bear puppets using pine cones, and other materials! Finally, on August 31st we conclude with “Nocturnal fishing bears of the Squamish River.” Sneaky stuff. For this week’s craft, everyone will get to create their own bear stamps!
Hope to see you there!