Hi, just a quick update to give you an idea of what this blog is about and who it is for, before I get underway with blog posts this week! As you saw in my first post, I am the WSPA Wildlife Advisor and have worked on many bear projects over the last ten years in particular.
2010 sees the meeting of the scientific body, the International Bear Association for Bear Research and Management (IBA) conference in Georgia and I’m delighted to be attending and represnting WSPA, along with a couple of colleagues – one of whom will be presenting findings from one of our bear projects.
This blog will be for animal/bear lovers and bear experts alike, as well as WSPA supporters and those brand new to the charity are very welcome too - I hope you enjoy reading it.
We got into Tbilisi, Georgia’s capital city last night and the conference starts in earnest today. I’m really excited to be working with, and to have the opportunity to discuss, WSPA’s work with bear experts from around the world, during the week-long Georgia meeting.
A quick bit of background on the IBA – an organisation dedicated to the scientific research of bears. They are biggest global organisation of bear specialists, with over 550 members from 50 countries.
This is the 19th IBA conference on bear research and management and is held every two years, although this conference should have been held last year, but had to be put on hold in the aftermath of the Russia/Georgia clash in August 2008.
The bear specialists will give presentations, hold discussions and show documentaries on a wide variety of issues affecting bears worldwide such as conservation, behaviour, ecology, genetics and habitat use.
Obviously, working for WSPA and the bear welfare issues where we concentrate our resources, my blog will focus on work relating to the welfare of bears in the wild, as well as in captivity and in sanctuaries
Georgia is three hours ahead of the UK, so I have to go to the conference now, will post again a little later on – probably at lunchtime!