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Bearwalker around the world

Rogers’ bear research in Ely kicks off television season for Wild Kingdom

Scott Stowell
Posted 3/26/10

The work of Ely resident and renowned bear biologist Lynn Rogers will appear on the world stage again in an hour-long television program Bearwalker of the North Woods.

The episode is the 2010 …

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INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE

Bearwalker around the world

Rogers’ bear research in Ely kicks off television season for Wild Kingdom

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The work of Ely resident and renowned bear biologist Lynn Rogers will appear on the world stage again in an hour-long television program Bearwalker of the North Woods.

The episode is the 2010 season premiere of Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom weekly series and airs on Sunday, April 4.

Rogers said much of the footage was filmed in the Ely area during 2008 and the spring of 2009. The program features work “based on trust” at the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely. He and others used radio telemetry that offered “unprecedented” insights to the “hidden world of bears.”

He said highlight footage includes the tenderness of courtship and mating, mothers tending to their cubs inside and outside the den, a mother’s heartbreak of losing a cub and a savage mating fight between two of the biggest males in the area.

Rogers noted that he was on Wild Kingdom 30 years ago when Marlin Perkins hosted it. The visual beauty of the area surrounding Ely from the footage shot in 1980 helped attract visitors to the area. Today, the new Wild Kingdom series is no different.

“All of this helps Ely in a lot of ways,” he said.

Rogers also voiced the narrative soundtrack for the program. What’s more, recording took place at the WELY studios in Ely.

Station Program Director and Sound Engineer Brett Ross boarded up external windows, and padded walls and ceiling corners to deaden street noise and meet the high-end audio standards for the episode.

He also set up an audio link for the recording session with the program’s producers in Maryland. Among other elements of directing, the producers were able to coordinate the time-length of video and audio segments.

Ross said each part of the script was read twice so one could serve as a back-up. In all, recording lasted just under four hours with at total of 185 takes.

“Some happened on one take, others took a few readings,” he said.

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  • Marshall and Scott, what a nice story! Much appreciated. I hope people watch the program and I hope it does some good for bears and our area. Lynn Rogers

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 Report this

  • Thank you for your story. Due to the exceptional work of Dr. Rogers and the NABC, bears around the world are being better understood. The bear cam's goal of education is being realized. Ely is being recognized as a wonderful town. This 'first-live-bear-den cam' continues to make a difference not just for researchers, but for a worldwide audience.

    In a time we need good news, Lily and Hope have delivered. Congratulations to all, let the success continue.

    Sincerely, Bev Hauptli

    Orcas Island, WA

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 Report this

  • I have already set my DVR to record the show. Looking forward to it.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 Report this

  • Thank you for this article on the world famous Lynn, best friend of Lily and Hope and more than 93,000 followers on Facebook. I saw Lynn on "Today" on Jan. 11 and thought I should check it out, not knowing that I would become obsessed with following the activity in Lily's Den.

    A perfect example of the power of the den cam was last Sunday when Hope left the den for 5 hours and noone knew where she was or if she was safe after we heard a dog bark. Hours later we (93,000+) were all relieved when Sue from the Bear Center reported on line that she was bedded down with Lily just 10 feet from the den.

    We have all laughed when Lily has pulled in the camera/microphone tubes into the den and Lynn had to come and "rescue" the high tech equipment with his soft voice, grapes, and nuts. We are in awe of his repore with Lily.

    And we all turn down the volumne of our computers when Hope starts her "mama" cry! Each day we also vote for Ely as the coolest smallest town in America, and we are also planing to travel to Ely later this summer.

    We have our DVRs set for Lynn's appearances on "Today" and

    Martha Stewart" and "Animal Planet" next week. We are all hoping for a camera outside the den and more den cameras next January. Thank you for getting out the word.

    Mary Anderson, Ostrander, MN (309 miles south of Lily and Hope).

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 Report this

  • ive been following this story for a long long time. im so happy to see our local news reporting on it. thank you! :) what a great story.

    Saturday, March 27, 2010 Report this