Orr bear sanctuary opens for the season May 26 Daily bear viewing, wildlife photography workshops planned

Black bears can be viewed from an elevated viewing deck at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr. Submitted photos.

Black bears can be viewed from an elevated viewing deck at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr. Submitted photos.

ORR – The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr, known for offering up-close viewing of black bears in their natural habitat, opens for the season on Saturday, May 26. Hours are 5 – 8 p.m. daily, except Mondays.

In addition to regular visiting hours, special events planned for summer 2018 include a Breakfast With the Bears book signing with renowned wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela and three weekend photography workshops in June and August.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr is open daily (except Mondays) from 5 – 8 p.m.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr is open daily (except Mondays) from 5 – 8 p.m.

The sanctuary features an elevated viewing deck at the edge of a two-acre meadow that offers a perfect perch to safely observe the natural behavior of bears. From the deck, the bears can be seen up-close playing, climbing trees, and foraging on natural and specially prepared food that trained volunteers distribute twice daily.

Normally reclusive, in the northwoods black bears have become used to humans since the 1970s when logger Vince Shute began leaving food in an open meadow to dissuade the bears from ransacking food supplies. Today, regulated feeding continues from May to October to preserve the extraordinary opportunities for observation and learning that this unique situation provides.

Summer 2018 programs include:

• Breakfast With The Bears:
July 7 and Aug. 7, form
7 – 9 a.m. Early morning
light offers great opportunities for photos. Enjoy
watching the bears from
the safety and comfort of
the viewing deck. Continental breakfast included.
• Wildlife Photography
Weekend Workshops:
June 9 – 11, June 17 – 19,
and Aug. 4 – 6. In smallgroup workshops with
experienced wildlife photographers, participants

spend hours in the field in
different light conditions
to capture photographs of
bears and other wildlife.
• Book Signing With Renowned Wildlife Photographer Stan Tekiela: Aug.
7, from 5 – 8 p.m. Renowned wildlife photographer Stan Tekiela has
authored more than 130
field and nature guides
for nearly every state in
the nation. He will be on
hand for Breakfast With
The Bears (7 – 9 a.m.)
and again during visiting
hours (5 – 8 p.m.).

For details on these programs, contact the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary at 218-757-0172, email bears@americanbear.org, or visit www.americanbear.org.

The Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary closes for the season on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3.

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