Meet Eveleth. She is a very special bear. She is visiting eBay now until December 8th. One hundred percent of the money she raises will go to the North Bear Center.
I am a big fan of the Bear Center, and of Dr. Lynn Rodgers, the researcher behind the center. He is the man who put a camera in the den of one of his research bears Lily as she was about to give birth to a cub that was then named Hope. I got to witness that birth, and because of it my bear making changed.
Many of you have seen me write about Hope. She is my inspiration, my muse. I have a large file of pictures I keep of black bear cubs, and most of them are her. She helped me see really close up how black bear cubs looked and moved, especially moved.
Sadly little Hope did not live till her second birthday. You see she would not wear the special collar of brightly colored ribbons that identified her as a valuable research bear during hunting season, and a man took her to feed his family. I still cry, even as I write about it.
But Eveleth allowed me to put the collar around her neck so that everyone would know she was a research bear.
Hope’s legacy will live on with the Hope Learning Center which is an educational center attached to the Bear Center. The money from the auction will go to help with it’s completion.
So for all you have done for me Hope, Eveleth is for you.