Grandfather

Just in time for the holidays, we have a really special opportunity to commemorate the work we’ve done together to save bear species around the world. As a result of the generosity of award winning artist and fellow bear aficionado, Michael Felber, any donation of $75 or more between now and December 31 will receive a signed print of the piece Grandfather. When you go online to donate, please note the number of prints you wish to receive and the mailing address for those prints – thank you. Prints will be mailed out within 5-7 business days after receipt of donation and mailing address.

Print size 17″ x 19″
Printed on 100% recycled paper using fade-resistant inks.
Each print is the same size as the original colored pencil over watercolor drawing.

I first met Michael among the bears of Alaska several years ago…his drawings are truly incredible, and he is the loveliest man you can imagine. He began supporting BEARTREK by donating notecards featuring one of his beautiful bear drawings. And now he has taken his generosity even further – his way of giving back to the bears, as he says.  In Michael’s words: “This is a colored pencil drawing of a dominant male brown bear that I spent some time observing 15 years ago, on two trips to Katmai National Park, two years apart. It was late in the day, and the sun was low, and just happened to rake across the fur on his face in a beautiful way. This bear was about 20 years old and in his prime. He was so dominant that if we were observing any other bears, and this bear came along, the others bears all ran away. He was very relaxed because he was rarely challenged, but the wound on his cheek and the scar on his nose are evidence of his fights.I call this drawing “Grandfather” partly because Native Americans traditionally addressed the brown bear as Grandfather, as a sign of respect, and partly because he is a grandfather, and that makes people think about bears having families.”

Michael recently delivered his prints personally to my office in Bellingham.  It was a wonderful visit….and such a nice example of how help pours in from many directions, in many forms when you have a just cause, and good people involved. He told me that he spent more time on this drawing than any he’s ever done – the detail is incredible. THANK YOU MICHAEL!  We know that you have so many choices when it comes to giving – I hope you’re able to help us help bears in this way, and enjoy a gorgeous piece of art in the process. Your donation will help us spread the news about bear conservation far and wide through our upcoming global media campaign…creating a conservation movement and providing direct support to the projects and biologists featured in BEARTREK, currently in its final editing stages.Thank you for your support…you can feel proud of what you have helped us accomplish already….even before BEARTREK is released!

Best wishes & bear hugs,

Chris & the Wildlife Media team

P.S. When you go online to donate, please note the number of prints you wish to receive and the mailing address for those prints – thank you. Prints will be mailed out within 5-7 business days after receipt of donation and mailing address.

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