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  •  I wanted to share this trailer about my Uncle (9+ / 0-)

    Chuck Jonkel, one of the top bear biologists in the world. Yep, he was born in WI.

    I love nature, science and my dogs.

    by Polly Syllabic on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 12:31:51 PM PDT

    •  Interesting stuff. (9+ / 0-)

      He's fortunate to have been rescued after that crash. It could just as easily happened that nobody would come by for years, at which point there wouldn't have been much left but a few piles of bones.

      And people think that I work in isolated places!

      •  His nose-to-nose grizzly and polar bear stories (8+ / 0-)

        are even more harrowing and humorous. He grew up in rural poverty, sharing shoes with his brother in winter. Each, going to school every other day carrying a lard sandwich for lunch. An interesting, brilliant and gentle man.

        I love nature, science and my dogs.

        by Polly Syllabic on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 05:38:45 PM PDT

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        •  His brother, George, (who he shared shoes with) (7+ / 0-)

          became chief of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bird Banding Laboratory in Maryland. Also, a very nice Uncle.

          I love nature, science and my dogs.

          by Polly Syllabic on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 06:46:58 PM PDT

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          •  A remarkable man. So great to see someone (7+ / 0-)

            who lives life so fully, and whose work is much more than a job. Clearly he loves and understands bears, getting to know them on their own terms. Magnificent creatures.

            And that Arctic countryside is serious and unforgiving if you get into trouble. My dad did some trips up in that area, out of Resolute, with groups searching for the remains of Franklin's expedition - he was the explorer who got lost looking for the Northwest Passage in the mid 1800s. Harsh environment, from the stories my dad told. Even where it wasn't ice, the rock was bad to walk on, so sharp their boots got torn up. They saw bears but at a distance. Had great respect for them!

            What terrific uncles, Polly. I bet you learned a lot from them, wildlife being just part of it.

          •  well.humph. (6+ / 0-)

            this explains a lot!

            He and your brother probably knew my uncle, a Canadian Fish and Wildlife contractor and professor of Ornithology with his phd from Cornell.

            yeah, he's the one who kicked my where the kicking was best when he caught me throwing rocks at his Purple Martins. I never got to kidsplain that I was exploring how great they are as flyers as I never could hit them, they just avoided my rocks.
            In the name of science!

            He was Dr Thomas Barry, if you get to asking them.

            He told of studying/banding Murres on an island near Ellsmere Island, when a polar bear and her three cubs came and sniffed at him in his orange tent.

            He thought it was an Arctic Fox so he whapped it on the nose, the nose said 'WHUFF!' and thundering feets were heard.

            He looked out the tent flap as the terrified four bears ran away down the beach...and out into space over a creek that went across the beach sand.

            Uncle Tom spent a lot of time near Inuvik and doing polar bird research, mostly on Snow Geese as well as Black Brandt iirc.  I found a paper he did in 1968 about native use of Eider ducks..l.another reference was to  stubborn  ice that hadn't melted in time for migrating sea birds, 100,000 of which starved on the ice...then.

            We never talked much after the kicking incident.

            Thanks Polly, very interesting!

            This machine kills Fascists.

            by KenBee on Fri Apr 05, 2013 at 02:51:50 AM PDT

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    •  More than a bit of his genetics and experience (8+ / 0-)

      came your way Polly.  Very impressive work that I noticed on various web sites and the Great Bear Foundation that he co-founded.  I am sure you are very proud of his work.

      The plural of anecdote is NOT data

      by Dr Arcadia on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:19:46 PM PDT

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