And no one is around to hear him, does the bear make a sound?
Even though most of us don’t hear them, the bears are there, my friends. As I type there are thousands foraging for food, preparing to hibernate. They make all kinds of sounds – clacks as they chew, rustle of leaves as they climb trees, clunks while overturning rocks – hundreds of sounds as we go about our daily lives.
In Shenandoah National Park you might be lucky to witness such bears, who are threatened by disappearing habitat as we continue to populate a land that is not getting any bigger.
Why we need bears
Bears are incredibly vital to our ecosystems, to us. The Wilderness Society came out with a great article a few years ago, Why Should we Protect Bears?
This super short film sums it up perfectly:
Better yet, the film offers a way for you to help. It’s not about money, it’s about joining the story. They’re asking you to go on your own journey of discovery and find out more about bears. Then, read this list of 5 amazing things you can do. If you have kids, why not make this an engaging and fun learning project?
We love taking photos of these vibrant creatures, yet we are unaware of how much help they need help.
Let’s take a moment to listen to bears. We can’t let bears fall in the forest, they can’t fail. If we allow it by causing their fall, then as the film points out, we’ll fall too.