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2019 Ranger Live Chats & Play-By-Plays:

Death In The Natural World with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, March 20, 2019:

Explore Education video link

Live chat with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, at Brooks Falls as Explore Conducts a Test of the Live Feed, June 19, 2019:

Lani H YouTube Link

Brenda D YouTube Link

Live chat on Periscope with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, June 20, 2019, Brown Bear Fishing at Waterfall, Katmai National Park, Alaska:

Periscope link

First Bearcam Live Chat of the Season with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist and Katmai Conservancy Rangers Naomi Boak and John Koster, June 25, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube link

Explore Live Nature Cams Link

Live Chat with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, on Periscope, Bears Fishing at Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska, June 30, 2019:

Periscope Link

Live Chat with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist and Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, Hierarchy and Dominance in Brown Bears, July 1, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore Live Nature Cams Link

Live Chat with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, on Periscope. Brown Bears at Brooks River, Katmai National Park, Alaska, from the Lower River, July 2, 2019:

Periscope Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, from Brooks Falls Alaska, July 2, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, from Brooks Falls Alaska, July 4, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist and Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, from Brooks Falls , Alaska, July 5, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Live Chat with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist and Ranger Kristen Ulery, from the Lower River Viewing Platform, The Life of Sockeye Salmon, July 7, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Live Chat with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist and Katmai Conservancy Ranger John Koster, from the Riffles Platform, Bear Fishing Styles, July 8, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist and Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, from Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 9, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist, from Brooks Falls , Alaska, July 10, 2019:

Lani H YouTube Link

Live Chat with Mike Fitz, Explore's Resident Naturalist and Katmai Wildlife Biologist Leslie Skora, from the Lower River Viewing Platform, Bear Monitoring Program and Bear Research, July 12, 2019:

Explore Live Nature Cams Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, Explore' Resident Naturalist, from Brooks Falls, Alaska, July 13, 2019:

Lani H YouTube link

Live Chat on Periscope with Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, 480 Otis Napping behind the Brooks Falls Platform for 15 Hours, July 16, 2019:

Periscope Link

Live Chat on Periscope with Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, 480 Otis Wakes up from His Nap, from the Brooks Falls Platform, July 16, 2019:

Periscope Link

Live Chat on Periscope with Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, 480 Otis Sleeping Behind the Brooks Falls Platform, July 17, 2019:

Periscope Link

Live Chat with Katmai Conservany Rangers Naomi Boak and John Koster, "Not quite kids, not quite grown-ups, but suddenly on their own: It's the in-between stage in the life of the bears we call subs", from the Riffles Platform, July 19, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, July 26, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, July 28, 2019:

Waiting for video link

Live Chat with KNP Ranger Barbara Lutes and Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, "Bear Motherhood and the Life of Cubs", from the Lower River Platform, July 29, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with KNP Ranger Barbara Lutes and Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak, from the Brooks Falls Platform, August 2, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, August 8, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Live Chat with Katmai Conservancy Ranger Naomi Boak and Ranger Kelsey, "The Katmai Coast", from the Lower River Platform, August 9, 2019:

Brenda D YouTube Link

 2018 Ranger Live Chats & Play-By-Plays

1st Live Chat of 2018 with Ranger Anela Ramos, Ranger Landis Ehler, Ranger Cathy Bell, KNP&P Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Community Outreach, and KNP&P Superintendent Mark Sturm from park headquarters in King Salmon, AK, February 13, 2018:

Explore Education YouTube Link 

Pre-season Live Chat ~ Countdown to Bear Cam Season with Mike Fitz, 2018 Explore.org Bearcam Fellow, June 1, 2018 15:00:

Explore Education YouTube Link 

1st Live 2018 Chat from Brooks Camp with Ranger Russ Taylor & Ranger Andrew LaValle, June 20, 2018 13:57 - 14:37:

Explore Recorder YouTube Link

Explore Education YouTube Link

Live Chat from Dumpling Mountain with Mike Fitz & Ranger Andrew LaValle, June 25, 2018 14:00:

KNP&P Facebook Live Link 

Explore Education YouTube Link 

Special Presentation for Katmai's Centenial Celebration with Katie Myers, NPS Alaska Museum Curator Discussing the Administrative History of KNP&P, June 27, 2018 at 17:00:

At 16:46 on June 27, 2018 Mike Fitz commented :

"Hi everyone. Please join us on the bearcam live events channel for a special presentation for Katmai's centennial celebration. Katie Myers, NPS Alaska Museum Curator, joins us to discuss the administrative history of the park. The chat starts at 5 p.m. AKDT (9 p.m. Eastern) at:  Brooks Live Chat Cam "

Due to technical difficulties, the special presentation was not able to be broadcast live.  Katmai Conservancy published a YouTube video of the presentation:

Katmai Conservancy YouTube Link

Live Chat from Riffles with Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Taylor, June 28, 2018 11:00:

Please note:  Ranger Russ identified the bear courting / snuggling with 151 Walker near the lower river platform earlier in the day as 409 Beadnose.  At 15:16 (after the live chat ended) Ranger Russ commented that he had mis-identified that sow, and the sow was in fact 708 Amelia that was observed wtih 151 Walker . KNP&P Facebook Live 

Explore Facebook Live 

Live Chat from Riffles with Mike Fitz and Ranger Andrew LaValle, July 3, 2018 10:00:

It's complicated! The Katmai National Park & Preserve Rangers chat live about bear love and mating. KNP&P Facebook Live

Explore Facebook Live 

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz and Ranger Andrew from Brooks Falls Viewing Platform, July 3, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link 

Live Chat with Ranger Andrew LaValle and Mike Fitz re: 856 Killing 132's Spring Cub on July 3, 2018, Live Chat Held on July 4, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz from the Brooks Falls Viewing Platform, July 4, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link 

Live Chat with Ranger Russ Taylor & Dr. Katie Ringsmuth, Historian at the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation , July 6, 2018 17:00:

Katmai Centennial Event: One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Brooks Fish

Dr. Katie Ringsmuth, historian at the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, shares the history of fisheries management at Katmai National Park and how 50 years of counting fish helped to create one of the greatest commercial fisheries in the world.

Katmai Conservancy released this YouTube video 

Katmai Centenial Event Mug Up:  Documenting Cannery Work, People, and Places with Dr. Katie Ringsmuth, Historian at the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, July 7, 2018 at 17:00 -  18:00 AKDT:Edit

Katmai Centennial Event: Mug Up: Documenting Cannery Work, People, and Places Sat Jul 7th 6:00pm - 7:00pm (PDT)
Join Dr. Katherine Ringsmuth, historian at the Alaska Association for Historic Preservation, to learn how the National Park Service is partnering with the NN Cannery History Project to share the story of Alaska’s forgotten cannery people with the American public.

Additional information from Ranger Jeanne re: Dr. Katherine Ringsmuth: Dr. Ringsmuth wrote a book:  Buried Dreams: The Rise and Fall of a Clam Cannery on the Katmai Coast 

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Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Taylor from Brooks Falls Viewing Platform, July 8, 2018 19:00:

This play-by-play begins with 13 bears within 25 yards of the falls.  409 Beadnose and128 Grazer on the lip, 2 young adults or older subadults below the falls closest to the wildlife viewing platform, 480 Otis on the far side, 755 Scare D. Bear also on the far side against the wall in his spot down river off the office, maybe 801 in the office, 747 in the far pool, 83 Wayne Brother near the log in the far pool, and 634 Popeye near the log that extends from the top of the falls to below the falls.  There was also an unidentified adult male fishing the jacuzzi.  503 Cubadult attempts to make his way toward the falls, but 747 chases 503 back down river.  274 Overflow was in hot pursuit of 128 Grazer and attmpted to steal a fish from her which left the lip to 409 Beadnose.  804 "Little Lip Fisher" and 504 "Charge" were also observed during the play-by-play.  Another young adult female was then obsesrved on the lip.

Brenda D YouTube Link 

Live Chat with Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Taylor from the Riffles Wildlife Viewing Platform, Topic:  The Bear Hierarchy, July 9, 2018 at 10:00:

Bears live in a competitive world where size and disposition dictate who has access to the best fishing spots. Join explore.orgfellow Mike Fitz and Katmai ranger Russ Taylor as they discuss the bear hierarchy at Brooks Falls. A hierarchy helps bears avoid most physical conflict, but in some ways, living at the top can be almost as rough as living at the bottom.

LaniH YouTube Link

KNP&P Facebook Live Link 

Explore Facebook LIve Link


Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz from Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform, July 9, 2018 at 19:00:

Live Chat, Bear Fishing Styles. July 10, 2018 14:00:

Brooks River's bears demonstrate a variety of fishing styles. Some are specialists, focusing on only one fishing spot at Brooks Falls. Others have mastered fishing in a few choice locations. A few are jacks-of-all-trades and can fish successfully nearly anywhere. The time of year, the availability of salmon, and competition from other bears dictate when and where bears fish.

BrendaD YouTube Link:

LaniH YouTube Link 

Play-by-Play with Mike Fitz and Ranger Andrew LaValle from Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform, July 11, 2018 at 19:00:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore Education YouTube Link: 

Live Chat, Bear Monitoring and Research at Brooks River with Ranger Leslie Skora, July 12, 2018 at 14:00:

Learn about ongoing bear research at Brooks River as explore.org's bearcam fellow Mike Fitz interviews Leslie Skora, Katmai National Park's wildlife biologist. KNP&P Facebook Live Link

BrendaD YouTube Link: 

Explore Facebook Live Link

Play by Play with Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Taylor, July 12, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, July 20, 2018:

BrendaD YouTube Link:

Play-By-Play with Mike Fitz from his Home Base in Washington State with views from Brooks Falls, Falls Low View, Both Lower River Cams (LRW & LRE), and the Underwater Cam via the Assistance From The Explore Cam Ops, July 21, 2018 14:00:

Bears observed during this play-by-play include the following identifiable bears (in numerical order):  32 Chunk, 83 Wayne Brother, 409 Beadnose, 451 and her 3 yearlings, 480 Otis, 482 Brett with her 3 spring cubs, 708 Amelia, 717, and 854 Divot.  Various unidentifiable bears and subadults were also observed.

Mike also discussed topics including:  the floating bridge is the only bridge located in Katmai National Park & Presesrve, the salmon on the uderwater cam, shedding and nutritional status of brown bears.

BrendaD YouTube Link:

Live Chat, History of Bear-Human Interactions with Ranger Russ Taylor and Ranger Andrew LaValle, July 23, 2018 at approximately 12:23 (delayed due to bear jam):

KNP&P Facebook Live Link 

Explore Facebook Live Link

Mike Fitz Narrates the Brown Bears around Brooks Camp,-Play by Play, remotely from Mike in Washington State, July 24, 2018:

Explore-Education YouTube link

The Ins and Outs of Bear Digestion, Live Chat with Rangers Russ Taylor and Andrew Lavalle, July 26, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, July 27, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Play by Play with Rangers Russ Taylor and Andrew LaValle, July 29, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Implantation to Emancipation, Live Chat with Rangers Russ Taylor and Andrew LaValle, July 30, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, July 31, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, August 2, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, August 4, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Brown Bears of the Katmai Coast, Katmai Centennial Series Live Chat with Grant Hilderbrand, Wildlife Biologist with the USGS, remotely from Anchorage, August 6, 2018:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, August 7, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

The Katmai Coast, Live Chat with Ranger Andrew LaValle and Park Coastal Biologist Kelsea Griffin, August 8, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Archaeology in Katmai, Live Chat wth Ranger Andrew LaValle and the Cultural Resources Team, August 9, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Landscape Change in Katmai National Park, "That Was Then-This Is Now", Katmai Centennial Series Live Chat with Torre Jorgenson, Landscape Ecologist, Alaska Ecoscience, August 17, 2018:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Vegetation Change Across Katmai National Park, Katmai Centennial Series Live Chat with Amy Miller, Ecologist with the National Park Service, Inventory and Monitoring Program, August 17, 2018:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Birds of Katmai National Park, Live Chat with Rangers Jess and Julian, August 21, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

An Exceptional August, Live Chat with Mike Fitz, remotely, August 22, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link

The Story of Bear 503 and His Blended Family, Live Chat with Ranger Barbara, September 5, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube link:

Explore Education YouTube link:

Explore Facebook Live Link:

Welcome to September at Brooks River, Live Chat with Mike Fitz and Ranger Russ Taylor, September 6, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Explore Facebook Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Brooks Falls Viewing Platform, September 6, 2018:

Periscope link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Brooks Falls Viewing Platform, September 7, 2018:

Periscope link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, A Short Tour of the Lower Brooks River, September 8, 2018:

Periscope link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, September 11, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Bear Genetics Research at Brooks River, Live Chat with Rangers Michael Saxton and Andrew LaValle, September 11, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Explore Facebook Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, September 13, 2018:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Explore Facebook Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Brooks Falls Viewing Platform, September 13, 2018:

Periscope Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Lower River Viewing Platform, Mother Bear 482 and Cubs, September 15, 2018:

Periscope Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Lower River Viewing Platform, September 16, 2018:

Periscope Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz and Ranger Andrew LaValle with Live Park Radio Traffic, September 17, 2018:

BrendaD YouTube Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Lower River Viewing Platform, September 18, 2018:

Periscope Link:

Webcams and the National Park Experience, Katmai Centennial Series Live Chat with Mike Fitz, September 20, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

Explore Facebook Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Brooks Falls Viewing Platform, September 22, 2018:

Periscope Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Lower River Viewing Platform, September 23, 2018:

Periscope Link:

Periscope by Mike Fitz, Riffles Viewing Platform, September 23, 2018:

Periscope Link:

Katmai Centennial and the National Park Idea, Live Chat with Mike Fitz and Ranger Andrew Lavalle, September 24, 2018:

Brenda D link:

Explore Education Link:

Explore Facebook Link:

Play by Play with Mike Fitz, remotely, September 29, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube Link:

The Denning Habits of Bears, Live Chat with Mike Fitz, remotely and Ranger Roy Wood, Chief of Interpretaton and Education at Shenandoah National Park, Former Chief of Interpretation at Katmai National Park, October 4, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube link:

Katmai National Park Facebook Link:

The Importance of Fat, Live Chat with Mike Fitz (Remotely) and Ranger Russ Taylor (Audio Only), October 9, 2018:

Brenda D YouTube link: 

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Katmai National Park Facebook Link:

Play by Play on Fat Bear Tuesday with Mike Fitz, remotely, October 9, 2018:

Explore Education YouTube Link:

Bearcam In The Classroom, Live Chat with Mike Fitz (Remotely) and ranger Russ Taylor (Audio Only) from Park Headquarters in King Salmon, October 16, 2018:

BrendaD YouTube Link:

Explore Education YouTube Link:


2017 Ranger Live Chats & Play-By-Plays:

1st Play-by-play of the season with Ranger Dave from Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform, July 2, 2017:

Ratna YouTube Link

Susan Tunstall YouTube Link

Brenda D YouTube Link


Periscope by Ranger Dave of 128 Grazer & her 3 yearlings, July 2, 2017:

Erie YouTube Link


Periscope by Ranger Dave of 128 Grazer nursing her 3 yearlings July 4, 2017:

Erie YouTube Link


Play-by-play with Ranger Dave from Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform, July 6, 2017 7:00 pm:

Brenda D YouTube Link


Live Chat (Weekly Ask A Ranger) wtih Ranger Becca & KNP&P Volunteer, Mary from Lower River, July 7, 2017:

Brenda D YouTube Link


Periscope from Riffles wildlife viewing platform with Ranger Dave, July 13, 2017 6:34 am:

KNP&P Periscope Link


Play-by-play with Ranger Dave from Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform, July 13, 2017 7:11 am:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore YouTube Link


Play-by-play with Ranger Dave from Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform, July 13, 2017 7:06 pm:

Melissa Freels YouTube Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Play-by-play with Ranger Dave, July 14, 2017 4:24 pm:

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Live Chat (Weekly Ask A Ranger) with Ranger Becca & KNP&P Volunteer, Mary from Lower River , July 15, 2017: 

KNP&P Facebook Live Video Link

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link  (July 15th not July 16th as noted on video)


Play-by-play with Ranger Cathy Bell, Chief of Interpretation and Education and Ranger Dave from Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform, July 20, 2017, 7:00 pm:

Ustream Link

KNP&P Facebook Live Video Link


Live Chat (Weekly Ask A Ranger) with Ranger Dave & Ranger Lian from Lower River wildlife viewing platform, July 21, 2017 3:56 pm:

Ranger Lian joins Ranger Dave on the LR wildlife viewing platform for the weekly Ask A Ranger Chat to discuss the greater ecosystem of Katmai.  Topics include the spruce bark beetle, drought stressed trees, white spruce trees,  percipitation types and timing, snow, ptarmigan, bear hibernation, flora and fauna of the forest, blue stain fungus, ticks in Alaska, lyme disease in Alaska, insects at Brooks Camp (white sox, no-see-ums, mosquitos), salmon, keystone species of KNP&P (what defines a keystone species, are bears - no, salmon are the most important to the area, sea otter).

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Impromptu play-by-play with Ranger Dave from Lower River Satellite wildlife viewing platform (the location of the lower river east cam), July 21, 2017 4:24 pm:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Linda YouTube Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link   (July 21st not July 22nd as noted on the video)


Longtime cam viewer, Cam Op, and KNP&P 3rd year Volunteer In Park, Anna-Marie (aka Cam Op Scout) joins Ranger Dave for a play-by-play at Brooks Falls, July 22, 2017 7:00 pm:

VIP Anna-Marie and Ranger Dave discuss the current bear activity visible from the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform

Ustream Link

Brenda D. YouTube Link

KNP&P Facebook Live Video Link


Play-by-play from Brooks Falls with Ranger Dave, July 23, 2017 7:00 pm:

Brenda D YouTube Link

KNP&P Facebook Live Video Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link   (July 23rd not July 24th as noted on the video)


Play-by-play from Brooks Falls with Ranger Dave, July 26, 2017 7:16 am:

Ustream Link (approx 4 mins into video)

KNP&P Facebook Live Video Link

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Play-by-play from Brooks Falls with Ranger Dave & VIP Anna-Marie (aka Cam Op Scout), Anna-Marie's 2nd PBP of the season, July 27, 2017 7:00 pm:

Ustream Link


Let's Talk Subadults Live Chat from Lower River with Ranger Cathy Bell, Chief of Interpretation & Education, and Ranger Becca, July 29, 2017 3:30 pm:

KNP&P Facebook Live Link

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Play-by-play from Brooks Falls with Ranger Becca and Ranger Dave, August 1, 2017 7:00 pm:

KNP&P Facebook Live Link

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Live Chat with Ranger Leslie Skora, KNP&P Wildlife Biologist and Bear Monitor, and Ranger Clint Auguston, KNP&P Science Communicator from Lower River Platform, August 2, 2017 3:00 pm:

Brenda D YouTube Link

KNP&P Facebook Live Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Play-by-play with Ranger David Kopshever from Brooks Falls platform, August 5, 2017:

Brenda D YouTube Link

KNP&P Facebook Live Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link  (August 5th not August 6th as shown on video link)


Live Chat with Ranger Clint Auguston, KNP&P Science Communicator, with members Jessica and Steve of KNP&P Exotic Plant Management Team (EPMT), August 10, 2017 5:00 pm:

Ranger Clint, Jessica and Steve discuss how they protect KNP&P's ecosystem, the adventures Jessica and Steve had this summer as members of the Student Conservation Association, and the inportance of wilderness preservation.

KNP&P Facebook Live Link

Brenda D YouTube Link


Live Chat with Ranger Kristen and Ranger Andrew about Katmai's keystone species, the sockeye salmon.  Fall is both a time of death and renewal for the salmon of Brooks River, September 2, 2017 3:00 pm:

How to Remember Your Salmon (using your fingers)

KNP&P Facebook Live Link

Brenda D YouTube Link


Ask A Ranger Live Chat with Ranger Jasa and Volunteer In Park, Barbara from the beach of Naknek Lake in front of the KNP&P visitor's center, September 5, 2017:

KNP&P Facebook Live Link

Explore YouTube Link


Play-by-play with Ranger David Kopshever from Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform, September 6, 2017 3:00 pm:

KNP&P Facebook Live Link


Ask a Ranger Live Chat with Ranger Andrew and Ranger Clint from the Overlook above the oxbow area of the lower Brooks River, September 12, 2017:

Brenda D YouTube Link


Live Chat with KNP&P Former Ranger, Mike Fitz from near North Cascades National Park, November 6, 2017 12:00:

Explore's YouTube Video Link


Live Chat with Ranger Roy Wood, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Shenandoah National Park & Former Chief of Interpretation and Education at Katmai National Park & Preserve from near Luray, VA, November 8, 2017 11:00:

Explore's YouTube Video Link

Explore Facebook Live Recording


Live Stream with Mike Fitz, Former Ranger and Visual Information Specialist at KNP&P from the 2017 National Association of Interpretation Conference, Spokane, WA, November 16, 2017 09:45:

Explore YouTube Video Link

Explore Facebook Live Link


2016 Ranger Live Chats:

What's happening in bear dens these days?  Ranger Roy & Ranger Mike from King Salmon February 11, 2016:

Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike discuss:  bear dens, update cam viewers on what is known about the deaths of 868 Wayne Brother and 451's spring cub in October 2015, show cam viewers the skull of 130 Tundra that was discovered deceased in early July 2014, explain when cam repairs MAY be completed for the 2016 bear viewing season, and answer as many cam viewers questions.

Ustream Link (Live chat begins approximately 30 minutes into video)

Explore YouTube Link


National Park Service's history of preservation, and a little bit about what to expect in the summer's brown bear season.  Ranger Mike & Student Conservation Association Intern, David Kopshever from King Salmon April 22, 2016:

Ustream Link  (There were technical difficulties so the video and audio are out of sync at times)

Explore.org Facebook Live Link


Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike's last live chat before they both leave Katmai to pursue other opportunities, Student Conservation Association Intern, David Kopshever join them for this live chat from King Salmon April 27, 2016:

Ustream Link Part 1

Ustream Link Part 2

Juergen YouTube Video Link

Explore Link


June 19, 2016 Promo for the first live chat from Brooks Camp this season coming on June 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm with Ranger David Kopshever & Ranger Daniel Lombardi:

Explore Link


First Live Chat from Brooks Camp with Ranger David Kopshever & Ranger Daneil Lombardi June 21, 2016:

Ustream Link

Juergen Video Link


Ranger Mike Fitz & Ranger David Kopshever Live Chat from the Riffles Wildlife Viewing Platform, June 28, 2016:

Erie's YouTube video link

Explore Bears Video Link


Ranger David Kopshever and Ranger Daniel Lombardi Live Chat from the tree house near Brooks Falls, July 2, 2016, 13:00:

Explore YouTube link


Ranger Mike Fitz Play-by-Play from Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform, July 7, 2016 19:00:

This was Ranger Mike's last play-by-play of his volunteer time at Brooks Camp in 2016.

Explore YouTube Link


Ranger Michael Saxton (the DNA guy) and Ranger Daniel Lombardi Live Chat from Riffles Platform, August 31, 2016:

Ranger Michael Saxton shared information about his genetics research / DNA study.  We also get to take a look at the equipment Ranger Michael uses to conduct the darting of the bears.  

Brenda D video link


Ranger David Kopshever and Ranger Daniel Lombardi Live Chat on Bear Safety, September 6, 2016 15:00:

Learn about behaving safely around bears in Brooks Camp and in bear country.

Ranger David & Ranger Daniel also did a comment chat after the live chat:  LaniH Document of Qs & As of comment chat

Brenda D YouTube Link for Live Chat


Ranger Scott and Ranger Daniel Lombardi Live Chat on Wilderness from Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform, September 11, 2016:

Brenda D YouTube Link

Explore YouTube Link


Ranger Kaitlyn and Joy Erlenbach (Changing Tides Project) from Riffles Platform, September 15, 2016:

Explore Bears Video Link

Brenda D YouTube Link

Lani H created a document  of the photographs and links that Ranger Kaitlyn was posting during the live chat on the Changing Tides Project.  

Additional information on the Changing Tides Project is available at these links:

Changing Tides: Intertidal Invertebrates, Bears, and People, KNP&P website

Changing Tides - More Questions Than Answers, KNP&P website

A Bear’s-Eye view of the Katmai Coast, KNP&P website

Changing Tides: Bear Collaring, video on Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center YouTube channel

Changing Tides: Bear Observations, video Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center YouTube channel


Live Chat with Ranger Leslie Skora, Bear Monitor and Ranger David Kopshever from Lower River platform, September 26, 2016:

Explore Bears YouTube Link

Explore Facebook Live Link

Erie YouTube Video Link

Brenda D YouTube Video Link

Lani H Live Chat Summary Doc


Live Chat with Ranger Leslie Skora, Bear Monitor, Ranger Michael Saxton (the DNA project guy), and Ranger David Kopshever from KNP&P headquarters in King Salmon, October 25, 2016:

Explore YouTube Link

Erie Audio Only Video  (view is live from Brooks Falls live cam)

REFERENCE MATERIAL: Reproductive maturation and senescence in the female brown bear



2015 Ranger Live Chats & Play-by-Plays:

1st Live Chat of 2015 Season From Brooks Falls June 30, 2015 11:00 AM:

The Brown Bears of Alaska are back live on explore!  To celebrate the occasion, Rangers Roy Wood and Mike Fitz of Katmai National Park want to welcome you to a whole new Bear Cam season with a live chat.   

Hundreds of brown bears have woken up after months of hibernation to catch and feast upon the millions of salmon in the waterfalls of Brooks River.  Wheather you're new to the Brown Bear Cams or a seasoned viewer, join the live chat by asking Ranger Roy and Mike about the brown bear basics such as diet, life-cycles, mating, and fishing techniques.  And for returning viewers, the rangers also popped into the Brooks Falls Cam comments section to talk gossip about the indivudual bears that fish around Brooks Camp.    

Explore YouTube Link

A Different Explore YouTube Link to the same chat

Ustream Link Part 1

Ustream Link Part 2


Live Chat About Salmon from Lake Brooks with Ranger Mike & Ranger Troy July 8, 2015:

Ustream Link Part 1     (02/23/2016 "Sorry, the page you requested cannot be found")

Ustream Link Part 2     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")

Ustream Link Part 3     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")

Ustream Link Part 4     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")

Ustream Link Part 5     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")

Ustream Link Part 6     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")

Ustream Link Part 7     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")


Play-by-Play with Ranger Mike from the Brooks Falls Wildlife Viewing Platform July 9, 2015 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm:

Explore.org YouTube Link - Ranger Mike Elaborates About the Bears of Brooks Falls - Live Chat

Ustream Link Part 1     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")

Ustream Link Part 2     (02/23/2016 "Sorry the page you requested cannot be found")

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Live Chat Bear Fishing Styles Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike Lower River July 10, 2015 10:00 am:

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Play-By-Play with Ranger Mike from Brooks Falls Viewing Platform July 15, 2015:

Explore YouTube Link


Live Chat about Cubs Ranger Roy & Ranger Mike at Riffles Platform July 20, 2015

Ms. DebbiB's recording

Explore.org's link to the best of the chat


Live Chat about Hierarchy and Dominant Bears with Ranger Roy & Ranger Mike from the Treehouse July 22, 2015

Explore YouTube Video Link

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Play-By-Play at Brooks Falls with Ranger Mike July 23, 2015

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Play-By-Play at Brooks Falls with Ranger Mike July 27, 2015

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Play-By-Play at Riffles Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike July 29, 2015

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Live Chat with Ranger Mike July 31, 2015

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Archaeological Live Chat from the Overlook with Ranger Mike, Linda Chism, Tommy Urban, Gillian & Rob August 19, 2015 

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Live Chat from Dumpling Mountain with Ranger Mike August 20, 2015:

Ranger Mike begins this live chat with a view of steaming volcano , Mount Martin .  He answers questions about the larger Katmai NP&P landscape, geology of the mountains, geology of the lake basins, volcanic history, glacial history, area plant life, and habitat of Dumpling Mountain .  Learn how plants have adapted to survive in this area and enjoy Ranger Mike's identification of some berries and plants on Dumpling Mountain.  At approximately 2:23 into the video, Ranger Mike begins a panoramic tour of the view to the West panning around to the North of the mountains and lakes that can be seen from atop Dumpling Mountain, including Lake Brooks, Mount Brooks (or Brooks Mountain), Mount Peulik (a volcano to the South in the Becharof National Wildlife Refuge on the other side of Becharof Lake),  some of the islands in Lake Brooks (none of them have official place names), then moves on to some of the Katmai stratovolcanoes...Mount Martin, Mount Mageik , Trident Volcano , Kukak Volcano , and Devils Desk , while also sharing views of Mount Katolinat , Mount La Gorce  ,  In the process  of the panoramic view, Ranger Mike also discusses Katmai Pass, the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, the Brooks River area, Naknek Lake.  Iliuk Arm of Naknek Lake, Hallo Bay, Ukak River, Savonoski River, North Arm of Naknek Lake, Bay of Islands, Fure's Cabin , Lake Grosvenor , Katmai National Preserve, and finishes the panoramic view at approximately 12:28 with a view of the summit of Dumpling Mountain.  Ranger Mike then discusses how the topography is defined by the glacial and volcanic history . Mount Katmai , Mount Griggs and Fourpeaked Volcano come into discussion when answering viewer questions.  The Iliuk Moraine , a breached terminal glacial moraine that can be seen from the lower river and Dumpling Mountain cams was also discussed.  Ranger Mike then provides a view of the Bristol Bay Lowlands and discusses the glacial sediments of the Alaska Peninsula.   Sharing close up views of a rock on Dumpling Mountain, Ranger Mike discusses the Jurassic Age.  He then moves on to the alpine tundra and the plants found where he is doing the live chat from on Dumpling Mountain, showing close-up views of black crowberries and blueberries and discusses the arctic ground squirrels.  Ranger Mike shares how the bears will come up to Dumpling Mountain, Mount Brooks, or Mount Kelez to eat the crowberries and then carried the seeds in their stomach after which the seeds can be discovered in the bear scat down by Brooks River where the crowberries do not grow.  The birds that can be observed on Dumpling Mountain like rock ptarmigan , willow ptarmigan , lapland longspurs , snow buntings , robins , and sparrows were discussed.  Ranger Mike also mentions how caribou can sometimes wander up on to Dumpling Mountain (41:17 & 57:56).  Early season plant growth like alpine azalea was a topic that came up when answering a viewer question. along with how blooming continues and ends from June to August, and the climate impacts on insects and bumble bees that pollinate the plants.  Poisonous plants found in the area are also discussed.  Soils were discussed that prompted the topic of ash from the impact of the 1912 eruption of Novarupta.  The Good Friday 1964 earthquake in Alaska was discussed regarding it's effects on the Katmai region and the wildlife that call it home.  The sedimentary rocks, mixtures of sandstones and conglomerates at Brooks Falls were discussed.  Grazing animals were the topic of a viewer questions.  The wind strength on top of Dumpling Mountain was the subject of another viewer question which led to the 2014 radio repeater wind damage on top of Dumpling Mountain and the 89 mile per hour winds recorded at Brooks Camp this season.  Ranger Mike discussed bear denning habitat and survival adaptations of animals in the area.  The solace wilderness can provide was discussed.  

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Live Chat with Ranger Mike & Ranger Becca about Robert F. Griggs, the first champion of Katmai and his story of discovery, exploration, and selfless stewardship on the 99th Birthday of National Park Service August 25, 2015:

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Impromptu Live Chat with Ranger Mike at Brooks Falls August 27, 2015:

Ranger Mike takes a walk off of the Brooks Falls wildlife viewing platform and shows us other areas around the falls:  the fish ladder; above the falls, including glacial erratics; below the platform, including the locations of the BF and RW cams and the falls microphone; behind the falls platform; and he takes a walk into Brooks River to show us different views and some spawning salmon.

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Impromptu Live Chat from Riffles Platform with Ranger Mike September 1, 2015:

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Live Chat from the Falls with Ranger Mike & Ranger Landis September 2, 2015:

Ranger Mike & Ranger Landis go into the water at Brooks Falls

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Live Chat from the Shore of Lake Brooks with Ranger Roy & Ranger Mike September 10, 2015:

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Play-by-Play from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike September 17, 2015:

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Live Chat from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike & Ranger Roy September 17, 2015:

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Live Chat that starts at the Visitor's Center in the Bear Orientation Room and then from around other locations at Brooks Camp with Ranger Roy & Ranger Mike about camping in bear country September 18, 2015:

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Play-by-Play from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike September 21, 2015:

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Play-by-Play from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike September 22, 2015:

Approximately 20 minutes into this play-by-play, 273 removes the paper from the wader sign and chews it up.   Her spring cub joins in.

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Play-by-Play from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike & Ranger Roy September 23, 2015:

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Live Chat from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Roy, Ranger Mike & a mink September 24, 2015, Katmai NP&P's 97th birthday:

Explore YouTube Link

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Play-by-Play from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike September 28, 2015:

Explore YouTube Link


Live Chat from Lower River Wildlife Viewing Platform with Ranger Mike & Ranger Leslie September 29, 2015:

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JBirdyHome's YouTube Link


Live Chat from Brooks Falls with Ranger Mike - Final live chat from Brooks Camp for the 2015 season October 1, 2015:

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Live Chat from King Salmon with Ranger Roy, Ranger Michael, Ranger Bob, & Ranger Leslie October 27, 2015:

This is the first live chat to discus the deaths of 451's female spring cub and 868 Wayne Brother

J DeYarman's YouTube Link 

Explore YouTube Link


Live Chat from King Salmon with Ranger Roy, Ranger Michael, & Ranger Leslie November 13, 2015:

This is the second live chat to discuss the deaths of 451's female spring cub and 868 Wayne Brother

Explore YouTube Link 

Resource Link:  Ranger Michael Saxton mentions this in the above live chat:

Serological survey of selected canine viral pathogens and zoonoses in grizzly bears ( Ursus arctos horribilis) and black bears ( Ursus americanus) from Alaska


2014 Ranger Live Chats:

Impromptu Live Chat During Live Chat Equipment Testing  July 16, 2014:

Part 1 of 2:

Impromptu Live Chat During Live Chat Equipment Testing Part 1 of 2 recorded by MsDebbiB

Part 2 of 2:

Impromptu Live Chat During Live Chat Equipment Testing Part 2 of 2 recorded by MsDebbiB


Riffles Platform Live Chat  July 17. 2014 9:00 AM :

Riffles Platform Live Chat recorded by MsDebbiB


Lower River Platform Live Chat  July 17, 2014 3:00 PM:

Lower River Platform Live Chat #1 July 17, 2014 Ustream Link


Lower River Platform Live Chat July 17, 2014 7:13 PM:

435 Holly with her spring cub and 171 with both of her spring cubs appear in this live chat

Lower River Platform Live Chat #2 July 17, 2015


Subadult Watch Bear 503 Near Brooks Lodge July 18, 2014 approximately 10:00 AM:

402's abandoned yearling cub, now considered an independent subadult, treed himself near Brooks Lodge.  Ranger Mike went live to share the situation with cam viewers.

Subadult Watch ~ Bear #503 Ustream Link


Field Notes Sessions from Lower River Platform July 23, 2014:

Session 1 approximately 10:15 AM:

Field Notes Session 1 Ustream Link

Session 2 approximately 2:15 PM:

868 Wayne Brother appears fishing in the mouth of Brooks River and Naknek Lake in this session of the field notes 

Field Notes Session 2 Ustream Link


Riffles Platform Live Chat  July 24, 2014 5:00 PM:

Note:  This is the live chat where Ranger Roy says that the 2014 salmon run did not come early.  (approximately 17:25 into the video)

MsDebbiB provided 2 links to her recording of this live chat:

Riffles Platform Live Chat July 24, 2014 Link 1 recorded by MsDebbiB

Riffles Platform Live Chat July 24, 2014 Link 2 recorded by MsDebbiB

Tronwolverine provided this link to his recording of this live chat:

Riffles Platform Live Chat July 24, 2014 recorded by Tronwolverine


The Salmon Guy Live Chat August 15, 2014 4:00 PM:

Ranger Troy Hamon, Chief of Cultural and Natural Resources with Ranger Roy Wood from KNP&P headquarters in King Salmon.

KNP&P Headquarters Building ~ Ustream Link

Explore Bears YouTube Link


Beach ~ Gravel Bar Live Chat August 22, 2014 4:00 PM:

Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike  are joined by Tim Sears of HD on Tap.  The rangers also give us a glimpse of Mount Mageik and provide information about this Alaska peninsula stratovolcano .

Beach ~ Gravel Bar Live Chat Ustream Link

Beach ~ Gravel Bar Live Chat recorded by Tronwolverine


Beach In Front of Brooks Camp Visitor's Center Live Chat September 4, 2014 3:00 PM:

Beach In Front of Brooks Camp Visitor's Center Ustream Link


Impromptu Live Chat re:  435 Holly adoption of 402's abandoned yearling, then independent subadult bear 503 September 5, 2014:

(Ranger Mike answers viewers questions about the now expanded 435 Holly family group, and also discusses if floatplane pilots are notified of bears in Naknek Lake when the floatplanes are approaching for landing.)

Adoption of 503 by Holly 435 Live Chat recorded by Tronwolverine


Lower River Platform Live Chat with Ranger Mike and Ranger Grant Hilderbrand, Regional Wildlife Biologist, National Park Service, Alaska Region September 9, 2014:

Lower River Live Chat Ranger Mike & Ranger Grant Hilderbrand Ustream Link

Lower River Live Chat Ranger Mike & Ranger Grant Hilderbrand Tronwolverine Link


Impromptu Live Chat re:  435 Holly observed nursing her spring cub and her adopted cub, bear 503 (402's former yearling) September 10, 2014

435 Holly observed nursing her adopted cub bear 503 Ustream Link


Dumpling Mountain Live Chat  October 14, 2014 2:00 PM:

The final live chat of the 2014 season Ranger Mike, Ranger Aaron, and Ranger Landis hike to just below the sumit of a snowy Dumpling Mountain on a foggy day to bring cam viewers a live chat from the icy tundra.  

Ustream Link for the October 14, 2014 Live Chat From Dumpling Mountain .  (link may no longer be available)

Dumpling Mountain Live Chat recorded by MsDebbiB


2014 Videos by Katmai National Park & Preserve

Rangers Explore Brooks Falls, Filmed mostly in June 2014:

Explore Brooks Falls with Katmai National Park rangers Mike Fitz and Roy Wood. Visit the jacuzzi, lip and far pool as Mike and Roy discuss how bears fish for salmon.

Katmai National Park & Preserve Link to Video


2013 Ranger Live Chats:

Q&A with Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike, July 22, 2013 16:00:

Ms DebbiB YouTube Link

Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike Field Chat #2 September 21, 2013:

Explore.org Link


Ranger Roy, Ranger Mike, and Ranger Leslie, Park Bear Monitor September 22, 2013:

Part 1 recorded by MsDebbiB

Part 2 recorded by MsDebbiB

Part 1 Explore.org Link - Beneath Dumpling Mountain

Part 2 Explore.org Link - Beneath Dumpling Mountain


Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike on Beach of Naknek Lake September 23, 2013:

Last live chat from Brooks Camp for the 2013 season

Explore.org YouTube Link


Ranger Roy and Ranger Mike in King Salmon Wildlife Wednesday from KNP&P Headquarters in King Salmon, September 25, 2013 16:00:

Explore.org Link Wildlife Wednesday Chat #2

Ms DebbiB YouTube Link   

2013 Videos & Other Live Chats:

Live Chat with NRDC BioGems Defenders wildlife expert and attorney,Taryn Kiekow on saving the bears re:  Pebble Mine, July 23, 2013:

Ms. DebbiB YouTube Link (missed 1st 20 minutes)


Dismantling the floating bridge September 2013:

Explore.org Link


2012 Videos:

The Brown Bears of Katmai with Ranger Roy and Charles Annenberg Weingarten:

The Brown Bears of Katmai

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