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McNeil River Bears Fieldbook Released


Friends of McNeil River Announces 2010 Photo ID Book CoverAnchorage -- Friends of McNeil River (FOMR) is pleased to announce the release of the 2010 McNeil River Bears Photo ID  Fieldbook. The publishing of the Fieldbook was made possible by a generous grant from the Rasmuson Foundation.  

The "pack size" Fieldbook not only provides descriptions and identifying photos of 38 brown bears frequently visiting the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary, but also is full of helpful information about the Sanctuary, maps of the area, tips on bear safety, and information on plants, mammals and birds in the Sanctuary.   The "write-in-the-rain" Fieldbook is designed to allow visitors to actively record their visit in the Sanctuary by pointing out "identifying traits" and noting individual behaviors of the coastal brown bears.  

The Fieldbook was inspired by the desire on the part of Friends of McNeil River, a 501(c)(3) non-profit all-volunteer corporation and the staff of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Wildlife Conservation. The intent of the project is to enhance the McNeil River visitor's experience and to share the beauty and wonder of these McNeil Riverbrown bears with others.The Rasmuson Foundation's grant provided an early incentive for the project and helped make the project a reality.

The Board of Directors is very grateful to the Rasmuson Foundation for their generous contribution and support of the project.According to Mike Adams, Board President, "Without their early support, this project would not have gone forward".Revenues received through the sale of the book will go toward continuing the Fieldbook Project with future editions and updates.   

This book is the second edition of a cooperative effort that called upon the experience and knowledge of current and former Sanctuary staff, in addition to help from talented and enthusiastic photographers and supporters.   FOMR plans to publish another edition in 2012 to include updated photos and even more bears.   Many bear admirers are already seeking copies as gifts for themselves, as well as for friends & family as a great source of Alaskan bear information, local trivia and photographic wonders.   This should be considered a "Must Have" for past, present and future visitors to the McNeil River Sanctuary and adjacent lands.

The books can be purchased for $29 online from the Friends of McNeil River website at www.mcneilbears.org, or locally from Borders' Books in Anchorage, Hearthside Books in Juneau, or by contacting the Board directors listed below.  

Information about the Friends of McNeil River can be found at www.mcneilbears.org.     Additional information about the McNeil River State Game Sanctuary can be found at http://www.wildlife.alaska.gov under their Refuges and Sanctuaries subheading.

Friends of McNeil River
P.O. Box 231091                 FOMR-Fancy-logo
Anchorage, AK 99523-109
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