| NEWS RELEASE
January 8, 2004
For release: IMMEDIATELY
Event date: SATURDAY, JANUARY 17
Event place: San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands
Contact: Gerald Braden, research biologist, (909) 307-2669 ext.
251 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.
Or Jennifer Reynolds, media specialist, (909) 798-5048
LEARN ABOUT BEARS AT COUNTY MUSEUM
Gerald Braden, San Bernardino County Museum research biologist,
will give a public gallery talk on Saturday, January 17 starting
at 1 p.m. at the museum in Redlands. The presentation is free
with museum admission.
Braden will meet visitors in the museum's Hall of North American
Mammals to talk about bears. His emphasis will be on the black
bears that now inhabit the Southern California mountains, but
he will also provide information about other bear species, about
animals that are really not bears (such as pandas), and about
bear behavior and human interfaces. Questions from visitors will
"Black Bears are unique and adaptable animals," said
Braden. "I've studied them for years and I'm still amazed
at their intelligence, adaptability, tolerance, and gentle nature."
Gerald Braden is a resident of Angelus Oak_. He has worked with
the biological sciences division of the San Bernardino County
Museum since 1993 and is its current head. A graduate of Cal Poly
Pomona, his research specialties are local birds, mammals, reptiles,
and field studies of southwestern ecosystems. Before coming to
the museum, he worked for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on life-history
studies of the California Gnatcatcher.
The San Bernardino County Museum is at the California Street
exit from Interstate 10 in Redlands. The museum is open Tuesdays
through Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closed Christmas Day and
New Year's Day). Admission is $6 (adult), $5 (student or senior),
and $4 (child aged 5 to 12). Children under 5 and Museum Association
members are admitted free. Parking is free, and the facility is
handicapped-accessible. Lunch and snacks are available at the
museum's Garden Café between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. For more information,
visit www.sbcountymuseum.org or call (909) 307-2669 / TDD/TTY: (909) 792-1462.