Traveling bear exhibit at Nature Center

       “The Hidden World of Bears,” a traveling exhibit highlighting wildlife researcher Lynn Rogers' work over a 35-year span, is now at the Bear Creek Nature Center and will be up through Jan. 21.

A portion of the traveling bear exhibit is on a wall at the Bear Creek Nature Center. The exhibit illustrates findings on bears during 35 years of study by nationally known wildlife researcher Lynn Rogers.
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       Free and open to the public, the show uses interactive displays - such as one that identifies different bear sounds - and large photos to “open the door into the intimate lives of these surprisingly timid animals,” a press release states.
       A grand opening will be Saturday, Dec. 10, featuring a presentation from 10 to 11:30 a.m. by Jamie Bequette, the Nature Center supervisor, about local wild animals, followed by a guided hike. The cost to participate is $4, with reservations necessary at 520-6387.
       Todd Marts, division manager of El Paso County Recreation and Cultural Services, said the center typically shies away from traveling displays because of the cost, but the subject of bears seemed appropriate - based on the center's name - and “in the last summer and fall there have been a lot of bear encounters” in the area. “We can learn about living with bears and living wisely,” Marts said.
       Rogers has been featured in various media, including programs on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet networks.

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