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Grizzly Bear Research

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

Grizzly Bear Research in Glendale Cove

Some of you who have visited the lodge in the past three years may have met me during your stay. My name is Melanie Clapham and I have been conducting research out of Knight Inlet Lodge since 2009. My research is looking into how grizzly bears communicate with each other using their sense of smell. This forms the basis of my whole PhD project, of which I am now in my final year. My project is co-funded by Knight Inlet Lodge and the University of Cumbria in the UK. This is where I am based during the winter months, analysing the data I have collected in the previous summer/fall, and writing up my findings. I am now back at the lodge conducting my final field season, and will be here until October. When I am here my days are usually spent searching the estuary for bears, and out in the forest maintaining my trail cameras. These heat and motion-sensitive cameras are the main method of data collection I am using. By placing these cameras facing bear ‘marking trees’ (or ‘rub trees’ as they’re known), I am able to monitor natural scent marking behaviour by different individuals in the population. This way I am also able to assess whether its adult males which seem to be communicating, or adult females, or subadults, and so on. I am also looking at which individuals investigate the scent marks of others, but don’t actually mark on trees themselves. By conducting this data collection between May and October, I can assess how marking behaviour changes during different seasons i.e. the breeding and non-breeding season.

In addition to looking at the social function of scent marking, I have also been documenting the trees which bears mark on. Focusing on what we call ‘traditionally used trees’ which are trees marked on by different bears over many generations, I am looking at whether it is the species, the size, or the location of the tree which makes it favourable to be marked on over others. I believe this is key to explaining the use of trees for scent marking by bears, rather them just been used to relieve an itch. It seems that the selection of these trees is much more structured. So by studying differences in marking behaviour by different age and sex classes, and analysing the trees which bears use to mark on, we are beginning to fit different pieces of the puzzle together in understanding the complexities of chemical communication in grizzly bears.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dean Wyatt and all the staff at Knight Inlet Lodge for their continued support and field assistance throughout this whole project.

Melanie Clapham

PhD Candidate

University of Cumbria

grizzly bear rub tree

Grizzly bear rub tree

grizzly bear rub tree glendale cove

Grizzly bear marking tree

Knight Inlet Lodge first guest blog for 2011

Monday, June 6th, 2011

Richard Davis & Praline Barrand    May 2011

What a wonderful experience!!

Our visit to Knight Inlet Lodge was the 2 days of our Canadian holiday we were most looking forward to & it did not disappoint.

From the moment we were met at Campbell River airport by Harold, the Knight Inlet Lodge shuttle driver everything was perfect.    The information Harold shared on what lay ahead only magnified our excitement level.

I should mention the overnight stay in Campbell River at Heron’s Landing Hotel exceeded our expectations – lovely atmosphere, well appointed, spacious rooms and staff which went out of their way to make you feel welcome.  The continental breakfast included was also a great start to the day.

The 25 minute floatplane flight out to Knight Inlet Lodge from Campbell River was amazing – stunning scenery in every direction & it felt like we had only just taken off when we started our descent into Glendale Cove.

floatplane flight to Knight Inlet Lodge

floatplane flight to Knight Inlet Lodge

aerial view of Knight Inlet Lodge

aerial view of Knight Inlet Lodge

grizzly bear in Glendale Cove estuary

grizzly bear in Glendale Cove estuary

black bear in Glendale Cove estuary

black bear in Glendale Cove estuary

Lenore and Peanut in Glendale Cove

Lenore and Peanut

The guided bear viewing excursions, all taken by boat, were fabulous.   Due to our visit being so early in the season it was more a case of quality rather than quantity but we were delighted with the bear viewing we experienced.   The stars of the show were ‘Lenore’ & ‘Peanut’ – a grizzly bear sow & her 3 year old cub.   The Knight Inlet Lodge guides are experts on the bears as well as all the other wildlife you are likely to encounter in Glendale Cove.   As well as both grizzly & black bears, we saw harbour seals, minks, pine martens, bald eagles, Canada Geese & an enormous variety of other seabirds, too numerous to mention.

A highlight on one of the estuary tours was seeing a black bear with her two tiny cubs.   We had the privilege of being the first Knight Inlet Lodge guests of the season to see these cubs which would have been born in the mother’s den during her winter hibernation.

The excursion by boat up Knight Inlet was breathtaking – in fact we enjoyed the experience so much we chose to do it again on our 2nd day at the lodge.    The enormity of the spectacular British Columbia wilderness surrounding Knight Inlet Lodge is truly humbling.    The boat excursion was full of highlights – a large black bear fossicking for mussels on the rocky shoreline, bald eagles soaring overhead, Pacific White-Sided dolphins playing in our bow waves & literally dozens of majestic, towering waterfalls tumbling into the inlet.  The Knight Inlet guide was a fountain of information & kept us entertained with stories on a wide range of subjects from the First Nations people that have inhabited the area for centuries to the geological history of the inlet.

We also thoroughly enjoyed a tracking tour, an educational walk through the forest searching & learning about the tell tale signs of the local wildlife which call Glendale Cove home.    Again, the Knight Inlet Lodge guide amazed us with his knowledge.

One cannot end this blog without praising the exceptional quality of the food served at Knight Inlet Lodge – the chefs deliver meals so delicious one has to keep reminding yourself you are dining at an isolated wilderness lodge, not an award winning restaurant in a major metropolis.

To the entire Knight Inlet Lodge team, many thanks for an unforgettable experience.

Knight Inlet scenic view

Knight Inlet Lodge marine cruise scenic view

waterfall on Knight Inlet marine cruise

Knight Inlet waterfall

Pauline and Ian’s second visit to Knight Inlet Lodge

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011
grizzly bears at Knight Inlet Lodge

grizzly bears

PAULINE & IAN ANDERSON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 2010.

It was with great excitement that we looked forward to our return visit to Knight Inlet in October last year. Having enjoyed “The Grizzly Bear Adventure” with Titan HiTours 2 years earlier we booked the same tour, this time extending our stay at the lodge by an extra 2 nights – what indulgence!

Knowing what to expect did not detract from our anticipation &, as in 2008, we had a truly wonderful time. It was like going to visit old friends – indeed we were recognised by some of the guides & staff (rather worrying!!).

The weather was very different this time – dull & raining almost every day. Did it matter? Certainly not – we were comfortably togged-up in our orange suits & under cover mostly. The Rainforest Walk was rather wet but, nonetheless, thoroughly enjoyable.

The Whale Watching day trip was excellent – the only one of the 5 days when the sun shone & it was beautifully calm on the Johnstone Straits, thankfully. We saw a number of Humpbacks & several very vocal sealions but the pod of Killer Whales was elusive despite the best efforts of our 3 guides.

humpback whale seen on Knight Inlet Lodge marine tour

humpback whale

The main attraction of the holiday was, of course, the Grizzlies. I could quite happily stay at the viewing stands all day watching the bears while they fished the waters & ate their catch, or just lazed on the banks. Twice we were entertained by a sow & one of her twins rubbing against a tree just a few metres away from us. I almost wore out my camera battery during one episode! The 2 year old “white” cub put in a couple of appearances with its sibling & mother. They never came too close, seeming rather timid, whereas some others were as intent on watching us as we were on watching them.

white grizzly cub at Knight Inlet Lodge

white grizzly cub

Our guides were all excellent – very helpful & friendly, knowledgable & multi talented. The evening interpretive talks in the warmth & comfort of the lounge were very interesting & entertaining, & all of the meals & snacks were first class.

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

grizzly bear fishing for salmon

Knight Inlet Lodge certainly has our vote for “Top Holiday Destination in the World”. I see previously on the blog that one lucky traveller has visited 3 times – we can’t be outdone & are saving hard for another trip!

Andy & Olwyn’s Knight Inlet Lodge blog

Friday, November 20th, 2009
Knight Inlet grizzly bear

Knight Inlet grizzly bear

Following a recommendation from our daughter and son-in-law who honeymooned at Knight Inlet September 2007, we booked a few days there ourselves September 2009 as part of our long time planned Canadian “holiday of a lifetime”. Our two days at Knight Inlet definitely warranted what we found to be a somewhat typical Canadian word “AWESOME”. Of the four weeks we spent in Canada from Niagra via Icefield Parkway, Rocky Mountain Train and Vancouver island, our time at Knight Inlet was certainly the highlight our daughter promised !!

Grizzly sow with cubs

Grizzly sow with cubs

We saw bears, seals, otters, bald eagles, kingfishers to name but a few…. The whole experience was made even more memorable by the knowledge, understanding and friendliness of the guides – in our case specificaly Bob, Dean and Luke (a fellow Yorskhsire man!) and we still groan at the memory of some of Deans’ “jokes”.

Knight Inlet certainly deserves its reputation – our only one “problem” was to try and avoid eating too much of the delcicious food provided !!

We wish you all the best and look forward to seeing you again in the future, possibly in three years as we return to see the Coho my wife helped release as they return for spawning.

grizzly bear eating salmon

grizzly bear eating salmon

grizzly fishing for salmon at weir stand

grizzly fishing for salmon at weir stand

Creamy cubs and other stuff….

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

White grizzly cub video Hey all,

We’re just about to finish things up here in Glendale Cove for the bear season. It’s been a season of fantastic weather and the bears, dolphins and whales have been really spectacular. This area never disappoints.

Stealing the show in the September and October has been our local celebrity bear cub who is quite uniquely coloured. I’ve seen light cubs before but never one as uniformly creamy white as this one. It’s very common for new cubs to have whitish highlights, especially under the chin, chest and shoulders areas, but this cub is more cream than brown it seems. Really quite spectacular as you can see in the video (top left of article) I’ve attached. The mother of this one and his/her two siblings (we think it’s a her) has quite the reputation in the area as well. She is by far the most dominant one around at the moment and it’s usual to see all the others bears giving her a wide birth. She has a lot of mouths to feed, not to mention herself and that tends to make a bear a bit more aggressive.
Hopefully she’ll keep the cubs safe and bring them back next year for us to appreciate again.

It will be sad to say goodbye to the bears and staff of Knight Inlet Lodge as it always is. We had an amazing team of guides this season, our cooks were absolutely amazing, and our dock staff kept things ship-shape and entertaining. Every lodge needs a Kemshaw! Harold as always was the unsung, quiet hero — the man is responsible for so much around here. I’m looking forward to working with them all next season.

I’m off to the Antarctic next for my winter work, but will hopefully meet some of you blog readers next bear season at the lodge.

If you’d like you can keep up with my travels and check out some of my photography on my website. www.jamiescarrow.com.

Cheers,

Jamie Scarrow
Guide Manager.

WILDLIFE NEWS AND PHOTOS

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

triplets-2

Here is a photo of the grizzly sow with her 3 cubs. Note how the one is almost white in colour. This photo was taken by Knight Inlet Lodge guide Moira Le Patourel.

One guest who was at Knight Inlet Lodge on a 3 night package reports seeing 23 grizzly bears during his stay. A repeat guest on his third visit to our lodge he called this a “thrill of a lifetime” and will be back yet again in a couple of years.

This rare photo of a cougar in the wild was taken by a remote motion sensor camera mounted in Glendale Cove. This project, jointly funded by Knight Inlet Lodge and the University of Cumbria is aimed at studying grizzly bears and their rub trees

cougar in the wild

GRIZZLY MOM WITH 3 CUBS

Thursday, September 10th, 2009

Knight Inlet Lodge is pleased to have a grizzly sow with 3 cubs show up today. One of the youngsters is almost white in colour. The appearance of this family is a very welcome sight for both the guests and staff of the lodge. Knight Inlet Lodge asks that you take a minute to look at our “stop the hunt” initiative.