Aren’t bears great? They’re like big floofy dogs. Wait, hold, on, I’m being told that’s wrong.
Alright, fine. They aren’t like dogs. BUT! They are still big and floofy, and so long as there’s no risk of face-mutilation, I bet they’d be fun to snuggle with. And bears are just trying to get by in this world, just like we are. Unlike, us, however, there isn’t another species constantly encroaching on our natural habitat, and spreading nasty rumors about who we are and what we’re likely to do if you come across us in the woods.
Luckily, bears have advocates. The fine folks at the North American Bear Center, located in Ely, MN, have set out to eradicate misconceptions about bears, and use science to educate folks on the roles bears actually play in their ecosystems. Did you know there’s eight different species of bear? And each of those eight are considered vulnerable. I’d hate to live in a world without bears.
But! That brings me to my point (finally, I know). Starting this month, and going forward, I’m donating 10% of my sales, whether it be from craft shows or online sales, to the NABC. I’m also including my Patreon funds in that. The NABC has three different donation options, you can designate the funds to go toward bear food, their internship program (which, unfortunately, is an internship to be an educator at the center, not a bear), or just a general donation. This month I donated towards food, because bears like to eat. But I’m going to leave it up to my patrons every month going forward as to how we designate these dollars.
So I hope you help me out in supporting the bears. Anything you buy from my store, of course, will help. As will coming along with me on Patreon. Of course, you can always just go ahead and donate to the NABC directly.
Thanks for anything you choose to do to help support the bears! Keep scrolling to see some more photos from our trip to the North American Bear Center last fall.