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The Secret Lives of Bears With Wes Larson

December 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - December 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm

In this three-part lecture series, you’ll learn all about North American bear biology and ecology, and how to be more bear-aware.


For centuries, bears have been central to human cultures—from mythology, literature, and religion to constellations in the night sky. But few of us today truly know our curious, impressively sized, mammalian neighbors. Join wildlife biologist Wes Larson for an in-depth introduction to the three species of bears that live in North America: the brown bear, the black bear, and the polar bear. Over the course of three sessions, you’ll learn about bear ecology, biology, and conservation, as well as some tips for bear awareness and safety when spending time in bear country. Wes will share insights and anecdotes from his fieldwork, including stories of the ursine friends he’s made along the way.


There are three total sessions included in this purchase, each lasting for one hour on three consecutive Tuesdays beginning December 1. This lecture series is designed so students can participate live or watch at their leisure. Sessions will take place live over Zoom, with dedicated Q&A segments for students to ask questions via video or chat. All enrolled students will receive recordings of each session in the days following each class and will be able to access them for up to one week using a temporary password.

Session 1 (Tuesday, December 1, 7–8 PM ET): Black bears + grizzly bears

Session 2 (Tuesday, December 8, 7–8 PM ET): Polar bears + sloth bears

Session 3 (Tuesday, December 15, 7–8 PM ET): Living with bears


Students will be encouraged to watch several short videos related to bear biology and ecology outside of class.

Once registered, you can access the Zoom room for this experience through your confirmation email or Eventbrite account.


Wes Larson is a wildlife biologist who specializes in bears and has been working with polar, black, and grizzly bears since 2011. His research and outreach projects have taken him all over the world to work with endangered species, and his work has been featured in scientific publications as well as media such as National Geographic, CNN, and Al Jazeera. You can follow him on Instagram (@grizkid), where he shares natural history and conservation messages.


This online course is offered by Atlas Obscura. Founded in 2009, Atlas Obscura created the definitive, community-driven guide to the most incredible places on the planet and is now an award-winning travel company that shares the world’s hidden wonders in person and online.

Our online courses offer opportunities for participants to emerge with new skills, knowledge, connections, and perspectives through multi-session classes designed and taught by expert instructors. Courses can take one of two forms: Seminars are intimate, interactive classes—capped at nine to 20 students—exploring topics and crafts through discussion, workshops, assignments, and in-class activities. We also offer lecture series that can be attended live, or viewed a time that works for you for up to one week after they’ve aired.

To learn more about our current course offerings, please visit www.atlasobscura.com/online-courses.


December 1, 2020 @ 7:00 pm
December 15, 2020 @ 8:00 pm
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