I am currently in Homer, Alaska quarantining before guiding for a bear documentary project. I have been too busy to continue my weekly webinars that I did from April-July. Here is list of all of my recorded webinars, with a brief description of them. Thanks guys for all the support in this great program that allows the guides to keep doing what they love while they are stuck at home!
Bears, Wolves, Ravens and Wolverines–
In the Mood for Seafood: How Katmai’s Brown Bears Rely on the OceanOriginally presented July 8, 2020
Alaska’s coastal brown bears play a critical role in the ecosystem they inhabit, transferring nutrients from sea to land and feeding the dense forests and grasses far inland from the shoreline. In this webinar, bear naturalist Brad Josephs explains the importance of the marine environment to the survival of the bears and how this diverse food source has enabled them to become some of the largest brown bears in the world.
The Wolves of Alaska’s Katmai National Park
Originally presented July 1, 2020
Although Katmai National Park is best known for being THE place to see brown bears in the wild, the park is home to another intriguing resident that has become more visible in recent years – the gray wolf. Brad Josephs takes us into one of the few remaining places on Earth where these two apex predators – the brown bear and the gray wolf – coexist. How have wolves learned from bears to thrive in this ecosystem that is subject to seasonal fluctuations in food availability with the salmon migration? Why is the wolf population currently increasing? Which of these two prominent species is dominant? This webinar will cover the fascinating dynamic between these two species, and much more of interest in the Katmai wilds.
Living Safely with Bears
Originally presented May 27, 2020
Guiding bear-viewing expeditions for Nat Hab means being on the ground, surrounded by bears, unarmed, and sometimes within very close of these giant carnivores. Brad Josephs was one of the first guides to pioneer bear viewing on Alaska’s Katmai coast, and he has since led dozens of groups to the region for more than 20 years. Learn how Brad safely brings guests into intimate contact with bears.
A Year in the Life of a Hudson Bay Polar Bear
Originally presented May 20, 2020
What does it take for a polar bear to survive in the extreme environment along northern Canada’s Hudson Bay? Expedition Leader Brad Josephs, who has guided hundreds of guests on polar bear encounters, will take us through a year in the life of a Hudson Bay bear. From hunting on the sea ice through the dark, frigid winters, to surviving for months without food in the (relative) heat of the summer, survival is no easy task for the King of the Arctic.
Bears, Bears and More Bears
Originally presented May 13, 2020
You’ve asked for it, and we are bringing it to you! We’ve received so many requests for more bear webinars that we have invited back one of our experts, Expedition Leader Brad Josephs, to take us on a deep dive into the biology and behaviors of bears around the world. Brad will share his vast knowledge about these fascinating animals that strike such a deep chord for many of us.
Who’s the Best Bear in the World?
Originally presented April 15, 2020
These Expedition Leaders are passionate about bears—and each will make the case for why the bear species they represent should win our Best Bear in the World contest! The four contenders are the polar bear, brown bear, panda bear and sun bear. By the way, these are four of eight bear species worldwide.
Why Do We Love Bears So Much?
Originally presented March 26, 2020
Nat Hab Founder & President Ben Bressler welcomes you to our new webinar series, which kicks off with a journey into the captivating world of bears with Expedition Leader Brad Josephs.
Nature’s Accomplices- How Ravens Help Other Predators Hunt.
Wolverines and Other Charismatic Members Of The Weasel Family
Not as well known as bears and wolves, the wolverine is one of North America’s ultimate predators. Pound for pound among the toughest mammals on the continent, this secretive animal is a powerful wilderness denizen. Related to the African honey badger and the sea otter, this ferocious carnivore is the largest land-dwelling member of the weasel family. It survives in some of the most extreme alpine and arctic environments and can smell prey under 20 feet of snow! Join Expedition Leader Brad Josephs as he leads us into the wild world of wolverines.
The Old Man of the Forest and Other Old World Primates
Originally presented June 17, 2020
Few animals on Earth strike a chord in the human soul like the orangutan — aloof, wise, sentient, mysterious— whose name in Malay means “old man of the forest.” Expedition Leader Brad Josephs introduces us to these incredible great apes, which share 99% of our DNA. We will also learn about many of Asia’s other primates, from the primitive giant-eyed tarsier to the beautiful golden snub-noses monkeys that live in China’s high altitudes. You’ll come away with lots of new knowledge about some of world’s oldest primate species!
China’s Changing Views on Nature and Conservation
Originally presented May 6, 2020
China’s success in saving the giant panda from the brink of extinction, with the help of WWF, is arguably the world’s greatest conservation story and could only be achieved through widespread appreciation of these charismatic animals. Nat Hab’s Chinese/Tibetan naturalist guide Philip He joins Brad Josephs live from Sichuan Province to help unravel mysteries of the giant panda and the attitudes and actions that might lead to even more conservation victories in China.
Snow Leopards & Wildlife of the Himalayas
Originally presented April 30, 2020
In the austere heights of the Himalayas and Tibetan Plateau, an elusive feline thrives among the rocks and snowfields. Brad Josephs highlights the crucial role of conservation-focused tourism in sustaining the snow leopard population in northern India. He also introduces us to other charismatic Himalayan wildlife including the Tibetan wolf and wild yak.
Meet Borneo’s Sun Bears & the Hero Saving Them from Extinction
Originally presented April 22, 2020
Native only to the island of Borneo, the cute, fuzzy sun bear is the smallest of the world’s eight bear species. It’s facing big struggles from tropical forest loss, illegal hunting for bear parts, and poaching to obtain cubs for pet trade. But one man—Dr. Wong Siew Te—has almost single-handedly kept the sun bear from going extinct in the wild, dedicating his life to their protection.
Borneo’s Magical Menagerie
Originally presented April 8, 2020
Expedition Leader Brad Josephs is wild about Borneo! Join him for a deep dive into the tropical treasures of the world’s third-largest island. Boasting some of the planet’s greatest biodiversity, Earth’s oldest and tallest rain forests and endlessly fascinating fauna, Borneo brims with natural wonders.
Conserving Namibia’s Desert Wildlife
Originally presented June 24, 2020
Most visitors to the Galapagos come to see the fascinating wildlife found nowhere else in the world. However, few stop to wonder how the first human inhabitants came to these remote islands that lie 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador — or how people and wildlife have influenced one another over the last five centuries since human contact. Over the years, the islands have served as a pirate hideout, a penal colony and even a hermitage for a population of one. Join Josy and Annie to learn more about the oft-overlooked human history of the Galapagos Islands.
Hang in there guys, the end is almost here, and we will emerge a stronger world, with a more exuberant enthusiasm for nature travel!!!
Keep exploring, Brad