The Bear Blog with Chris Morgan

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Brace yourself for the ride of a lifetime as adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan takes us on a motorcycle odyssey deep into the wilds of Alaska in Bears of the Last Frontier, coming to NATURE in 2011. For more than a year, Chris will live among the wildest creatures on Earth, immerse himself completely in their world, and reveal to us as never witnessed before, an astonishingly intimate portrait of North America’s three bear species: brown bears, black bears, and polar bears.

About Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan

British Ecologist Chris Morgan is no stranger to adventure. Over the last 20 years he has worked as a wildlife researcher and educator on every continent where bears exist. From icy polar bear country at 81° North to tropical Andean bear forests sitting on the equator, Chris has sought adventure among the focus animals of his life – the bears of the world. Carnivore work has also taken him to the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Scotland, the Pakistani Himalayas, northern Spain, Turkey, and Alaska – destinations where his enthusiasm for wild places has rubbed off on others.

Chris owns an ecology and environmental education business in Bellingham, Washington State. He is the creator and Co-Director of the acclaimed Grizzly Bear Outreach Project (GBOP) in the North Cascades. GBOP has been praised as a model for effective outreach and has taken great steps to engage communities in grizzly bear information dissemination since 2002. The approach is now benefiting cougar and wolf conservation in Washington State. Chris is also a frequent lecturer at Western Washington University’s Huxley College of Environmental Science in Bellingham where he teaches ecology and environmental science classes. He has a B.S. in Applied Ecology (East London, UK) and an M.S. in Advanced Ecology (Durham, UK). In 2008 his contributions to grizzly bear conservation in the USA were honored with an award from the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee, a government panel responsible for recovery of the great bear. Chris spends much of his time in the North Cascade Mountains one hour from his home. Despite his incredibly varied activities within the realm of wildlife conservation, Chris says that he is never happier than when immersed in bear country – “the real world” as he calls it.

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  • moss

    cool nice be sure to upload videos of the wildlife you see i will enjoy watching that

  • “Bahb”

    This looks like it is going to be a blast! And a good entree into BEARTREK! We miss you, Chris, but are thrilled the world soon gets to see how amazing bears (and you!) really are.

  • Marietta

    Can hardly wait to see this one!!

  • Santosh Kumar

    an adventure of a lifetime! look forward to see more of this; as much of the bears and the wild ride on the motorcycle..

  • Jennifer in Virginia

    I know it will be worth the wait!! I love the Cascades…and bears!!

  • Hiking Lady

    I just got back from “bear country” in the Sierra Nevada mountains and since I didn’t get to see any black bears I’m definitely looking forward to the grizzlies Chris will see in Alaska!

  • Lee

    Very nice.It’s been three years since I went to Hallo Bay. This film will take me back!

  • Patty Perone

    I visited Glacier National Park this summer and spotted a mother grizzly and her two cubs. All that I learned from Chris on my trip to Alaska was shared with others on the trail. Chris’ enthusiasm and knowledge is shared even when he is not at the scene. I love your work and commitment. I was proud to be a spokeperson for these bears.

  • Greta

    Nice, we only get black bears down here but can’t wait to see this film.

  • Mary Ann Hiester

    Lucky you – to be with the bears for four months! Can’t wait to see you with the bears on PBS in 2011!

  • RyGuy

    Oh Chris, you are all over the place. I want some pics of our bikes together when yours is back in town. It’s famous!

  • Ride West

    Looking forward to seeing the footage. We’ll keep getting out the word on this end. Good luck!

  • Javier

    Wow! this seems to be amazing! l really want to know about all that you are enjoying.Here in Madrid there are not that kinds of bears. Vaya….. all the best Chris.

  • Amy Morton

    Thanks to Chris and team. We need to be taught the real side of bears and dismis the myths that have clung on to the human imagination. Here in Maine we are blessed with black bears. Yet most people are still afraid of what they do not really understand…The Bear!

  • Tom @ Discount coffee

    One thing I’ve always been intrigued by is the order of nature, and how delicately it’s all balanced. One thing can cause a domino effect on so many others. Great posts here!

  • hibear007

    I can hardly wait to see the whole film. Happy New Year Chris

  • Alexandra Saunders

    Chris! This is so cool! I’m so thrilled that FINALLY, because of you, the bears are going to draw the attention they deserve.

  • Alex Wallach

    Finally, a nature program dealing with more than one bear species! On other nature programs like “The Good, The Bad, and The Grizzly”, “In The Valley Of The Wolves”, and “Clash: Encounters Of Bears and Wolves”, the just stayed on topic with grizzly bears, even though there are also black bears in the area! On “Bears Of The Last Frontier”, I’m hoping to see a lot of grizzly bears, but also a lot of black bears, black bears also need the credit! I live in southern California, and one time, driving through the San Gabriel Mountains, we spotted a cinnamon black bear. This was the only wild bear I’ve ever seen, but I’m hoping to see more this spring break! Good luck Chris, and be cautious around the big bad grizzly!

  • mclane

    I wish I had your job.I really LOVE NATURE!

  • Thomasjohn Wells Miller

    Just noticed you are in Bellngham (we met at earthquake park when you were filming bike and planes) which is one of my hang-outs on the coast. Right on. Good friend who works 3 weeks on and off the slope keeps the housing cost down. Great info on the Blog. See ya ’round Anchorage, Bellingham, and the screen. TjWM

  • RogerRhodes

    I love it

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    What worries me about online influencers becoming ‘celebrities’ is the ability to pay them off for good coverage. I’m certainly not suggesting that all influencers are corruptible, but moving them to a higher status means they are cut off to the public, moving them away from the social side of social media.

  • Alaska Vistas

    As Alaskan Bear viewing guides and promoters of public education about bears, we look forward to your lecture at the library tonight. Too many people that visit bear country either don’t appreciate the beauty of these animals or are too enamored to recognize that they are indeed wild animals. Bears deserve not only our protection, but our respect and our diligence in keeping them safe and healthy. Please visit for information on how you can learn more about bears.

  • GPIslander

    Are the bears Catholic?

  • Gib

    I’m somewhat worried for the mother brown bear and her two cubs; she seems so comfortable with you, Chris, do you ever fear that her level of comfort with you will lead her to be more comfortable than his prudent with other humans, one of whom might shoot her?

  • Rebecca

    Amazing show! I really enjoyed this show…unforgettable experience and very humbling as a viewer. Thanks for your courage and sharing your experience Chris!

  • Jessica Joy

    Fascinating, I was spellbound. I wanted to join you in your work and walk with the Bears. How do you know when to back off from them? What draws you into the Bears?

  • tina

    I just watched the channel 9 show about Bears – awesome – I absolutely adore animals, bears are so beautiful and graceful animals – Chris, you are one of the luckiest men alive – to be able to get that close to such powerful, big animals.

  • Roger Ratelle

    I’ve attended seminars by Stephen Herrero, of the University of Calgary, and he too sits and talks to the grizzly bears in the Banff National Park area. Once, while paddling the great Nahanni River in Canada’s Northwest Territories, we had to understand how grizzlies think. If confronted by a bear that wandered into our campsite, our guide advised us to speak gently to the bears and they would just keep moving through the campsite. Our guide grew up in an area populated by brown bears and was wary, but comfortable with them. Another seminar was given by the couple who lived in Russia with the bears in the wild, and filmed the salmon fishing along with the bears within feet of each other. Spine tingling all.

  • Tom

    Cool & gutsy!

    2 questions- when the cub stood up so close to you,
    do you think it was saying ‘I can stand on 2 legs too’, or just being competitive?

    would you wear clothing that looked more like bears, or less like bears when scouting around such places?

    looking forward to more!! Tom

  • Roger

    Close proximity to wild animals is just as bad as leaving your garbage out for them as the Park Service did in the 70’s in Yosemite. They become habituated and comfortable with say….. “hunters”. Naming bears or any animal humanizes these animals then they become Disney-nature. Leave the bears alone. Just knowing they are there and left alone is enough for me. We’ve studied them to death, poked them with needles, and actually made drug addicts out of them. At this point in time, it is bear study for profit, tours, and ego.

  • Charlie Sherman

    The Nature Special “Bears of the Wilderness “was one of the best programs on PBS this year.Make my donation each year much more important to me.I grew up in Alaska so it was extra special to me.Seeing the Dehaviland Beaver aircraft that brought him to this special place was also a real treat! Thanks to PBS and Chris for this special.

  • Gigi M

    Hello Chris,
    Your Bears are lovely. How much fish does a Mother have to catch to feed her two cubs a day?
    Enjoyed your film & am amazed how close She let’s you get. Could it be that a trust has been formed due to being around them for such a period of time. It seems that each time She becomes aware of your presence ,She and her cubs seem more comfortable.

  • toni

    The first show was certainly educating to see. I was thrilled by the beautiful scenery and am looking forward to the next show. I am a bit concerned by the closness at times and feel risks were taken by chris that may endanger not only him but the bear as he gets to used to being that close to humans.

  • Ken

    Chris you are a very brave man as is your camera man! Any weapons hidden under the parkas? What is “plan B” if charged by a bear and it is not a bluff?

  • Kyle

    In what language does Nadee mean wise?

  • Donna P.

    what a great program! can’t wait to see all three species up close from Chris’ perspective. We have black bears here in Pa. We also have idiots who think its cool to lure them in with food, and don’t realize they are conditioning the bearsto become “nuisance” bears….I think the people are the nuisances!

  • Cheryl P

    Chris and John – Nice Job. I really enjoyed the show. I hope the world learns much more about our bear friends. From and old Brooks Lodge employee who used to serve you, Iced Tea, Lemonade or Fruit Punch about 11 or 12 years ago. Safe and happy travels to you. May you stay warm and dry as much as AK will let you.

  • M. A. Roberts

    Loved the PBS show! My husband and I won a spot on the Mc Neil river with Alaska Fish and Wildlife. What was the wiring/fence that you had around your tent? Is there any electrical current through it? Wondering if we need to hike in a battery set up. Any advice for 50 something year olds? We don’t see bears here in Texas to say the least. Thanks and good luck on your adventures. Keep the PBS shows coming!

  • Paula A. Ludwick

    Just finished watching Bears of the Last Frontier. Amazing camera work, and the audio track of Medea gave me chills. I’ve had a couple encounters, in Aspen, Co., but not intentionally. One was only a block away from the Police Dept., it still took them twenty minutes to respond. By then, the black bear had returned to the underground parking garage where it was making a den. I look forward to more info on your next trip. I do understand the tension and adrenaline of being that close, and being constantly on guard, for both yourself and cameraman. Good Luck for your next adventure!!

  • Julie Grange

    Absolutely fantastic, wish i could have been there too, i love bears and have great respect for them, After living in the UK for 47 years coming to canada on our first visit june 2010 we stopped at a roadside picnic area on the way to edmonton, and sat outside of the bathroom was a black bear we quietly left, but it was possibly one of the best animal encounters i have ever had! (hopefully no one was stuck in the loo)
    My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed your programme thank you

  • Wayne S

    Hi Chris: That was an amazing episode of Alaskan Brown Bear. The scenery was fantastic and the other wildlife that was filmed was very beautiful. I have a few questions for you. How do you feel your research is helping us understand brown bears more? What do you feel the futures for the bears are?
    Keep up the GREAT WORK!! And the filming was very spectacular!!

  • Karen

    Thank you, Chris! I have done much work at both McNeil and Kodiak with Grizzlies and biology teams
    and your production was wonderful. It was great to see one of the areas I worked in again! Would love to get info about your work and how to be in touch with your ecological/environmental organization.How does one get in touch?
    Thank you again!

  • kimmy

    Just caught you on PBS right now.. almost broke my heart when you had to leave. This was absolutely wonderful!!!!!!

  • Jolene

    If you are a bear lover, check out the North American Bear Center

  • Antonio Cordeiro

    Have to agree with Roger these bears have got to be left alone for their own sake and for the sake of outdoor enthusiasts who don’t want to come face to face with a 800 lb bear, all Chris is doing is habituating the cubs to humans so as they get older they feel it is okay to approach humans until one human decides it’s got to close and that bear will pay with it’s life ! If Chris feels the need to study bears or any wildlife he should do it in such a manner that he does’nt put the bears or humans in jeopardy, if he feels like getting mauled then thats his business but don’t put others at risk this is just plain stupid and should be deemed illegal !
    There are other ways and means of studying these great bears then the way Chris and his producer did it.

  • Mike Fatah

    Loved the show on bears in Alaska!! Keep up the good work, thanks you!

  • Stephan Michaels

    Wonderful, rare insights. Great footage. Well written. A genuine talent, and funny…

    “Single hairy brown female seeks massive promiscuous male.”


  • imarion

    Can hardly wait to see this one!!

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