Waterton National Park

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Waterton, Alberta. Part of the International Peace Park, along with Glacier in Montana.

One of my favorite places in the world. You might recognize a similar shot as the header for my blog!

I’m counting down the days until I am here again. The first thing I will do will be the Bear’s Hump hike to take in the view of the town of Waterton and the surrounding mountains. Everyone must try this hike – it doesn’t take long at all, and the view at the top is breathtaking!

Photographs I love: Mink by Phil Lanoue

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What a stunning shot of a mink. They are adorable!

Check out his website – he has some amazing photographs of all kinds of wildlife including several species of birds, turtles and alligators.

There is a series of shots of this guy with his fish dinner. They are outstanding!

I’ve spent several hours on several days trying to spot a mink. They are apparently seen in Leslie Spit in Toronto. No such luck, so far!

What a way to ruin a photo!

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Come on guys. I had a great landscape shot set up!

These bighorn sheep decided to crash my attempt at landscape photography, while in Jasper this past summer. After setting up my camera on a tripod and double checking the settings, I looked up and saw a herd/cackle/group/pasture…whatever the name is of these guys coming up the cliff.

At least they were in focus.

Photographs I love: D. Simon Jackson Photography

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The Spirit Bear – Great Bear Rainforest – British Columbia, Canada

A good news post.

I’ve been helping to support the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition for a while now and they are on the brink of victory.

The victory is protecting this very unique and endangered kermode bear, or spirit bear, only found on the B.C. coast of Canada.

Please read on for two ways you can help confirm that this beautiful black bear sub-species can safely exist here in Canada.

Two Ways to Help Save the Spirit Bear this Spring

After nearly two decades of work, we’re on the brink of saving the spirit bear.

This spring, help us take the final steps toward reaching our goals by supporting two visions that will strengthen our campaign, generate support and challenge youth to champion a new social movement for a wilder world.

1. Help us finish our first social movement, our campaign to save the spirit bear.

For nearly two decades, our volunteer-run organization has helped make the spirit bear a house-hold name around the world and translated the support of millions into meaningful and lasting policy change for the spirit bear. From political and business agreements to what was North America’s largest land protection measure, we have not only helped set aside critical land for the spirit bear, but also ensured its continued conservation is supported by people from all walks of life and of all political stripes.

As we seek to put ourselves out of business by finishing the job we started, we ask for your support in helping us raise $7500 to ensure that whoever wins the upcoming BC election knows what needs to be done to finish establishing meaningful sanctuary for the spirit bear and allow us to build a new online presence for the Youth Coalition to help us share our story in the quest to empower emerging young leaders to learn from our successes and failures as they seek to carry on our legacy.

Every dollar counts and we are, as always, grateful for your continued support and generosity.

2. Help us build a new social movement, CoalitionWILD, to create a wilder world.

We know we need to protect nature. It’s what sustains all life on this planet. While the threats facing our world are almost too many to count, hope is not lost. There are seven billion of us – each with a passion; each with a skill set. And when we each do our part – when we do one simple positive act – anything is possible.

For this reason, in partnership with The WILD Foundation and The Murie Center, the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition is creating CoalitionWILD – a new social movement of people under 30 to working to create a wilder world.

The initiative seeks to inspire and empower young people to create a new movement for nature – one that unites people across political divides, from all walks of life and from all corners of the globe – by providing a social media platform for innovative ideas, on-the-ground projects, activities and events. By focusing attention on the power of younger generations to initiate change, we want to take the lessons learned through the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition and help catalyze thousands of ventures that will establish a new vision for a wilder world.

As we prepare to launch this new movement at WILD10 in Spain this October, we want to hear about your brilliant idea to help nature. Join us in building the CoalitionWILD movement by registering your idea to create a #wilderworld for a chance to present your vision at WILD10 and for the opportunity to receive funding and mentorship for a year.