Thanks, Mom, for telling me about this! 🙂
Katmai National Park in Alaska is one of the premier brown bear viewing areas in the world. The most recent bear survey documented over 2000 brown bears in the park and preserve! The number of bears visiting the Brooks River area has grown to almost 100.
At Brooks Camp, the most visited area of the park, brown bears congregate to feed on sockeye salmon at Brooks Falls or elsewhere along the Brooks River. Raised viewing platforms provide safe and ideally situated opportunities for observing bear behavior.
The best time to view bears at Brooks Falls is in July, when many bears come to feast upon the annual run of salmon. Check out the view from the live webcam! I could watch this all day, literally – there the sun rises at 6:00 am and doesn’t set until 11:00 pm!
The last time I was watching, a bunch of bears were wading in the water, while a mother bear and her three cubs stayed by themselves on the river bank. The cubs were “play fighting” while the mom kept a lookout for fish. Kids who like animals will love this!
There are a number of different webcams at Brooks Camp. To see which webcams are currently active, and to switch among them, hover your mouse over the webcam picture and a row of icons will slide in from below. The webcam switcher is the grid of 3×3 small squares. Click that and the available cams will appear.
If you have an iPad 2 or newer, check out “Brown Bears of Brooks Camp,” an interactive iBook on iTunes. It’s free and has lots of photos of the bears, their life histories, videos, and interactive maps.
If you don’t have an iPad, or want a smaller download that you can read on any computer or handheld device, you can download a copy of the colorful Bears of Brooks River eBook (8.2mb pdf) to help you identify the bears and learn their life stories.