Are you moving to bear country? Are you worried about bear encounters? Do you want to know how to stay safe while in bear country?
In the United States, brown bears are usually found in parts of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Although these species are said to be found in California, they are no longer in that state. In fact, they are also considered as a threatened species in South of Canada. If you are moving to any of the regions where brown bears or grizzly bears are said to be found, it is best to practice safety precautions to avoid possible fatal encounters. Bears are magnificent, amazing animals; however, they can also be dangerous especially if they feel threatened. Listed below are a few pointers for staying safe in bear country.
Know Your Bear
Bears are curious and intelligent animals. They also try to avoid humans; however, it is still important to respect and learn proper behavior to avoid possible encounters. Here are a few basic pieces of information about the most common types of bears you will see in bear country.
Grizzly Bears: These creatures range in color from black to light blonde, but most of them have a medium to dark brown coloring. Their average size is around 350-500 lb and they stand around 3.3 ft to 6.5 ft. at shoulder. If you see this type of bear, you will notice a distinct shoulder hump.
Black Bear: This type of bear also ranges in color from black to light blonde despite the name “black bear”. If you see this type of bear, you will notice a lighter patch on their chest. Their average size is around 110 to 300 lbs and they stand at 2.3 to 3 ft at shoulder. They are much smaller than grizzly bears. They also don’t have a hump on their shoulder.
Roadside Bear Viewing Safety Tips
- Yellowstone Bear World suggests keeping all your windows and doors locked when viewing bears from the roadside. Keep in mind that bears can and will climb through open windows, especially if you have food in the car.
- If you are driving through traffic, keep your eyes on the road and don’t stop to avoid possible road accidents.
- Don’t stop in the middle of the road if you see a bear. In addition, do not stop close to a hill or curve.
- If you spot a bear, always stay in your car. You should also remain a good distance from the bear.
- If the bear ignores you, you can take pictures and then move on.
- Never feed a bear
- If the bear starts to approach your car, leave immediately. This bear may have been fed by other people in the past and could be dangerous.
What To Do If You Encounter A Bear While Walking or Hiking?
Stay alert. You should always be on the lookout for bears or watch out for signs of their presence. Look for tracks, scats, tree scratches, claw prints, or fresh diggings. Make sure that you give these creatures plenty of room.
Choose a safe route. You should choose routes with excellent visibility. This is especially important when hiking through unfamiliar terrain.
Travel in groups. Although this isn’t practical, you need to understand that the larger the group, the lower the risk of bear attacks. Staying in a group will intimidate bears. This magnificent creature is more likely to approach one or two people instead of a larger group.
Stay away from bears. If you sight a bear a few feet away from your location, do not come any closer. Don’t approach this creature just to get a closer look or to get a better photo. Instead, you can use binoculars to look at them up close.
The author, Kris Lim, is an advocate for wildlife preservation. In this article, she lists a few bear safety tips for those who are moving to or are staying in bear country.
Moving homes is considered one of the most stressful activities to undertake; moving to a different country altogether will only increase the risk of a negative experience. Most of us aren’t lucky enough to have a fully-functioning support system in place when we move away from the country of our birth. It requires some hard work to adapt to a new climate, job, social scene, laws, and even a language barrier!
One of the most important things you can do to lower stress levels during and after your move is to make sure that the whole thing is very well organised. Things will still go wrong, but if you have thought things through carefully, the chances are good that you’ll be able work around the problems with some ease.
Here are some ideas to consider:
- Will you move with the contents of your home or sell everything and start over? Weigh up the costs and find out what you will be able to afford in your new country on your new salary. If you know you will only be staying temporarily, you might prefer renting a furnished home while your belongings are in storage at home (but this can be rather expensive).
- Will you ship your car or sell it and buy a new one? If you are moving to Europe, it might not be helpful to take your enormous SUV that guzzles considerably more (expensive) fuel faster than the smaller fuel-efficient vehicles that are the norm there.
- Find out what you need to do to get an international driver’s licence and start the process way in advance. The more you can do in advance, the less stressed you’ll feel when the inevitably overwhelming move arrives.
- Find out what you need to do to get your visa/working permit ready. In some cases your prospective employer will do a lot of the paperwork for you, but in other cases you will have to do most of it yourself. Either way, ensure you know what to do in advance. Sometimes you’ll need a document that you may have lost, like an unabridged birth certificate. Reapplying for these can take time and delay your visa application.
- Find out whether you’ll need travel insurance or whether you’ll be covered for health emergencies by the government of the country you’re moving to. In England, you are allowed to make use of NHS services if you are a resident (have a resident’s visa), but in the US you will always be asked to pay for any hospitalisation.
If you know you want to move and are looking to find employment overseas, make sure you use reputable job sites. You can ensure an easier time of it by first finding out what skills are considered scarce in the country of your choice. Medical practitioners, artisans and IT specialists are among the most common. Ensure that the contact you make with your potential employer is legitimate – there are many scammers out there!
Culture shock is a phenomenon characterised by feelings of homesickness, depression, and negativity towards the culture, language, and customs of your adopted country. These feelings do eventually subside after some time, but you can make it considerably easier for yourself by doing a number of things. For example:
- Take some language classes. Not only will you learn very valuable language skills, but you are also likely to get to know other foreigners who are as eager to make friends as you are.
- If you have a favourite hobby or exercise, find a way to continue doing it in your new country. It will help you to feel grounded, and also help you make friends with some locals.
- Get organised. It is okay to feel sad and lonely at times, but it is better not to indulge in it too much. Set reachable goals for yourself like getting a mobile phone, exploring a certain area of your city/town, and opening a bank account, etc. These small feats can lift your spirits immensely whilst improving your quality of life
- If you know that you won’t adapt well in an environment where English is not spoken with ease, choose to work in a country like Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, or the United Kingdom, amongst others, where this won’t be a problem.
Before you leave, make sure you have certain friends and family who will be supportive and stay in touch with you. This will go a long way towards helping you cope during your first few months in a new environment.
Louisa Theart is a freelance musician and writer who spent two years studying in a foreign country. She knows all about the excitement and heartache of leaving home.
Designing with Country Living Decor on a Budget
Lakeside homes call for decoration themes that will help you relax and enjoy your time in the residence. When you think about what themes you could possibly use in your home, you may favor a style that brings the outdoors inside your living room, kitchen, and bedrooms. The country living lifestyle can add natural beauty and rustic appeal to your lakeside residence. As you prepare to decorate with this style, you can take into consideration decorative elements that can provide the style and comfort you desire.
Country Living Furniture
Of course you will need furniture in your home. Choosing furniture that fits this style can actually be quite easy and inexpensive. Visiting antique shops and thrift stores can be a great way to find hidden treasures. You can choose patterned upholstered furniture, such as couches and loveseats decorated with flowers, birds, or leaves. Alternatively, you may also prefer natural materials that bring attention to the natural, country style that you want to achieve. Leather, suede, silk damask, and wood grains all complement this style and bring the relaxing, rustic appeal to your home.
Accessories and Carpeting
Decorating with this theme can also call for you to use suitable accessories and floor coverings. Accessories like wooden lamp tables, braided throw rugs, and well-placed artificial floral arrangements can recall the outdoors that you find so appealing. Similarly, rustic accents like ceramic milk pitchers and bowls, floral patterned plates and mugs, and engraved silverware can also provide the style that you desire. Accessories should be an important part of your decorative efforts to bring country living inside your home. With a little time and planning, these items can be found at garage or yard sales. In addition, lots of towns host monthly flea market days in the town square where merchants and crafters sell homemade wares.
Wall Hangings and Picture Frames
When someone enters your home, one of the first things they will notice will be your wall hangings and picture frames. These decorative elements can be the most vital part of tying together all of your style efforts. Picture frames and country style art prints can be purchased in a variety of styles. You can select rustic frames that are available in natural wood grains. You can also select picture frames in colors that complement your theme. Frames in brown, black, blue, or brighter colors like yellow can all call attention to your country living theme.
Similarly, pictures and paintings can add beauty to your home as well. Paintings of flowers, cows, horses, cowboys, sunsets, and other natural elements all fit within this style. On the other hand, you may also prefer paintings and pictures of lakes, ponds, fish, boats, and docks for your walls. Well-placed wall hangings in your living room, kitchen, and bedrooms can make a big difference in calling attention to your theme, and help visitors find enjoyment and relaxation while spending time in your home.
While visitors may not spend a lot of time in your bedrooms, you can still add this theme to these rooms by choosing suitable decorative elements. Eyelet dust ruffles, lace pillowcases, quilted blankets, and floral patterned bedspreads all fit well within this style. You can bring country living to your bedroom and provide your family and your overnight guests with the comfort that this theme invites.
Your home by the lakeside can be made more special and beautiful when you decorate with country elements. Rustic picture frames, wall hangings, furniture made from natural materials, and well-placed accents and floor coverings all can highlight this style. Bringing the outdoor relaxation and beauty inside your home can be easy when you choose decorative elements that recall the rural setting by the lake.
Jamica Bell is a blogger and freelance writer who enjoys interior design. She contributes this article to highlight the beauty of country décor on a budget. Artismo(dot)com is an online framed artwork store that provides a myriad of handmade frame designs and prints, including country style art prints for country living themes.
Costa Rica became the award of the greenest country of the planet. Costa Rica has beautiful beaches, incredible flora and fauna and everything traveler may need. One of the most interesting cities is a former capital city Cartago near the volcano called Irazu. On the 25% of country lay national parks. Costa Rica is one of the countries that completely stopped the deforestation. The land is full of volcanoes which make this place interesting for travelers.
Photo Credit: Vasse Nicolas Antoine (CC BY-ND 2.0)
United Buddy Bear Exhibition promotes living together in peace and harmony of the whole world and the first exhibition started back in 2002 in Berlin. Every country is performed by individual bears created by their artists. The Buddy Bears stand together hand in hand to symbolize the unity and peace of the world. About €1,800,000 has been donated (state in November 2011) in aid of UNICEF and and local children’s relief organisations.
United Buddy Bears standing hand in hand.
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An ecological study created at the the University of Adelaide’s Environment Institute in Australia has ranked most of the world’s countries for their environmental impact. The study used seven indicators resulting into two county rankings. First ranking is a proportional environmental impact index – impact is measured against total resource availability and the second ranking – an absolute environmental impact index measuring total environmental degradation at a global scale.
For the first ranking the world’s top 10 worst environmental performers are: Singapore, Korea, Qatar, Kuwait, Japan, Thailand, Bahrain, Malaysia, Philippines and Netherlands.
For the second global ranking are (in order, worst first): Brazil, USA, China, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, India, Russia, Australia and Peru.
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