Archive for the May Category
Grizzly Bears use their noses to smell for clams under the sand. Once they smell a clam, they will quickly jam their paws into the sand to scoop up the clam. This is an impressive act, considering clams can move several inches per second under the sand.
To learn more about the grizzly bear’s nose visit www.grizzlybay.org
Eventually, a blond female caught the eye of the clamming male (from the previous post). May marks the beginning of grizzly bear mating season – a time when male bears can be seen lumbering after female bears that may make for potential mates. She didn’t seem so interested, and scampered on down the beach trying to avoid him.
Clamming becomes a great source of protein for grizzly bears during the spring. The high protein sedge grass that grows along the coast doesn’t begin to green up until June, so bears are often seen clamming on the flats. This medium sized male bear was having quite a lot of success.
By July, the mountains you can see in the background will be a lush, carpeting of green. In the following photo you can see a few tourists who are out on the mud flats with the bears watching them clam. Safely observing grizzlies on the ground occurs in Katmai National Park from May – Sept.
To learn more about bear viewing in Alaska visit GrizzlyBay.org
May in Alaska looks pretty bleak compared to the “lower 48” which is already bursting in green. The real torturous thing about an Alaskan winter is that it never, ever, seems to end….By late May, you are gazing at dead, brown grass and the hints of buds on trees, wondering when will it ever green up? Spring really doesn’t get going until mid to late June.
I took this photo mid- May 2009 in Katmai N. Park. It really shows how dead the landscape looks, although it is great camouflage for the blond colored bears that are so common on the Katmai coast. These female bears were having loads of fun wrestling in the berm on the beach.