BENEFITING: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC
The Black Bear Research Center (BBRC) works to save American black bears that get into trouble in the wild (sometimes with humans, sometimes not). Bears are housed at the center over the winter and are released in May, and given a second chance in life.
The BBRC works in cooperation with Virginia's Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) to provide a place to temporarily hold bears. Bears may come into conflict with humans (such as crop raiders) or may just be at the wrong place at the wrong time (see Kali’s story on our Facebook page). Orphaned cubs also get a second chance as they are introduced to adult females and become foster cubs at the center. The whole family is then released in May (see Ursula's story on our Facebook page). Without the BBRC these bears would most like have to be euthanized.
Our goal is to re-establish the BBRC as a world-class center for research and education addressing bear management, environmental change, and human health. We can take advantage of having bears at our center over the winter by studying hibernation (torpor) ecology. For example, how do female bears give birth and nurse young during hibernation without losing muscle or bone mass - especially when they do not eat or drink during those 3-4 months! Their physiology is amazing! And what about climate change? Is hibernation shortening due to warming and will that impact bear-human interactions?
Thanks to those that have made donations to the Black Bear Research Center! BBRC is aiming to create a classroom to educate, students and guests, about black bear issues, ecology, physiology, and conservation. Please help us accomplish this goal with your generous donations. You could also donate to help us do our day-to-day work. Remember, every single dollar you donate will help black bears tremendously!
Your donation could have this impact:
$10 would buy one box of examination gloves
$20 would buy one-month supply of straw for bear bedding
$20 would buy tubes for blood collection
$20 would buy cleaning supplies for bear pens
$25 would buy one 40 lb. bag of bear food
$30 would buy 1 gallon of ultrasound gel
$50 would buy antibiotics and pain medicine for bears
$50 would buy paper for data collection
$100 would buy one remote video camera to document births of bears
$125 would buy ultrasound paper to document bear pregnancies
$200 would buy supplies to modify some bear pens for our upcoming climate change study
$250 would buy supplies to study parasites of bears
$350 would buy a kit to study reproductive hormones of bears
$450 would buy a pulse oxymeter to monitor bear anesthesia procedures
$500 would buy 2 tables for our new guest center and classroom
$700 would buy a projector for our new guest center and classroom
$1000 would buy consumables to study muscle metabolism of bears
$1000 would buy consumables to study gut health of bears
$1000 would buy 10 chairs for our new guest center and classroom
$1000 would buy an interactive board to educate guests and students
$1500 would create a new holding bear pen
$1700 would help support a graduate student for one month
$2000 would buy a probe for reproductive ultrasounds
$2600 would buy one GPS collar to track movements of bears after they leave BBRC