|Conservatory Building -- some parts dating to 1914|
In a side room we found a wonderful collection of photos about bears, the work of Lyn Rogers the researcher responsible for the bear cam. I learned a great deal about bears through these photos. Black bears are much more frightened of us than we are of them. With the movement into the bear habitat and the increase actually in the number of bears, more of us are living with bears around than we know. They are simply very good at hiding from us. And bears survived for thousands and thousands of years because they have the ability to climb trees. Anything that wanted to prey on them couldn't climb trees. And a bear cub is highly dependent upon food in the environment -- well duh! you may say, but their weight at the end of the first year of life may vary from 15- 160 pounds! And I always thought bears hibernated because of the cold, but they do this to avoid starvation. If there is food in the environment they will stay in the forest all winter.
We walked next to the Sunken Garden. This is always a beautiful place and often the place for wedding pictures.
The shop in the visitor center also provided something I'll use for English lessons this summer in Poland. We had a lovely morning!