Teachers or others interested in making their own branch of the Museums of Endangered Ocean Life, get in touch. We can help you find ways of helping kids create their own works of art and science that get posted in the museum, worldwide!

More importantly, we can help kids find ways to truly make a difference, no matter where they live. There is always something to do to make the world a better place, a healthier place, and more fun too. Fred can help put smiles on faces - faces of happier kids with new purpose in a new year!

Become a FRIEND OF FRED and help spread the word about those who help endangered species. Invite Fred to your school. He will bring lots of good information and connect you with others.

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Facing Future Explained

EXTINCT means gone, pau, from all places. Example, the O'o is extinct from its former forests in Hawaii. They no longer exist.

EXTIRPATEDmeans gone from a given area. Example, Grizzly Bears were extirpated from California about 1925. They still exist.

ENDANGERED means that a species is nearing extinction unless actions are taken immediately to save them. It is usually a legal term associated with the Endangered Species Act, but because this is a political tool, it does not always reflect accurate science. Example: the Hawaiian Monk Seal is endangered and will likely become extinct.

THREATENED means that a species is likely to near extinction and become endangered unless actions are taken to protect it and its habitat. Example: Bald Eagles were threatened but have been removed from this list due to habitat protection and reductions in use of chemicals such as DDT.

SPECIES OF CONCERN: Many states have lists that include species not covered under federal protection as endangered or threatened. These may be species extirpated from the state, but present in greater numbers in neighboring areas.

Unfortunately, no reasonable approach has been worked out to list endangered habitats, the primary living space for all life forms. To many scientists, the entire Arctic is now endangered. Imagine, as Richard Ellis says, "If Australia were suddenly to disappear, don't you think we would wake up and do something?" Well, we are losing an area about the size and importance of Australia as the Arctic disappears, transforming due to climate change and taking with it the Polar Bears, Bowhead Whales, and Peoples dependent on that vast ecosystem.

Sunday, November 22, 2009


The yellow lines you see are GPS tracks of a few Grizzly Bears
moving through the year in a vast area north of Missoula, Montana.
To gain a proper perspective, reach for a Montana map to locate the
Mission and Swan Mountain Ranges. You can then gain a sense of how much
land each bear needs to survive. More importantly, Grizzly supporters urge
that you look at efforts to protect connecting corridors of habitat from the
Greater Yellowstone to Canada.

It will not help the Grizzlies if we isolate them in parks like Yellowstone and Glacier.
The bears need to mix and mingle as they once did and the creators of this map
are working hard to connect lands for sustainable populations of the bears
and the complete community they associate with in Alaska, Canada, and the lower 48.

Kids at Wilson School in Wilson, Wyoming have inspired others to join in efforts by
and others who are protecting the bears by purchasing lands through the
Learn more at links for Grizzly Bear Protection
Visit Grizzly Bear Habitats in the Museum.

Grizzlies Ocean Animals?

Grizzly Bears, aka Brown Bears love nothing better than to scoop a fish from water.
Wherever healthy rivers run full of cutthroat and salmon, you can be assured
that these same rivers bring healthy freshwaters into the sea. In this way
Grizzlies are one important indicator of wathershed health.

They also dig for clams where they are still present in coastal habitats.

Protect a bear and you are protecting our oceans.

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