Category: Marshfield Wildwood Park and Zoo


 

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On (9/18/2018) Munsey’s weight is 755pounds and Boda’s weight is 893 pounds.  This photograph was taken on 10/18/2018.  Today is the three year anniversary of Munsey and Boda’s arrival at Marshfield’s Wildwood Zoo for three years.

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The photograph above was taken on 11/1/2015,  Munsey and Boda were about 120 to 125 pounds.

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In 2015 the JP Kodiak Bear Exhibit looked like the photograph above and the cubs were markedly smaller than then the tree’s in the habitat area.

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Today, new tree’s have been placed in the JP Kodiak Bear Exhibit and when Munsey and Boda had the opportunity to explore the tree’s, they quickly began to demonstrate their branch management skills throughout the afternoon.

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The photograph above was taken of Boda in October 2015. The photograph below was taken on 10/18/2018.

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I began documenting the Kodiak bear cubs through photography in October of 2015 at the Grand Opening of the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Exhibit.  Since October 2015, I’ve taken thousands of photographs and have begun charting the growth and development of the bears using a graphing format.  This information along with the photographs is used when I’m writing my blog and books and is also shared with the zoo staff at Wildwood Zoo.

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A wide variety of merchandise has been created to showcase the growth and development of these two adorable rescued Kodiak bear cubs named Munsey and Boda.

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Limited edition photographs, photographic books, drink coasters, calendars, journals and greeting cards, along with large charcoal drawings are just a few of the items created in the honor of the two rescued Kodiak bears.

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Photography title “Stoned” along with limited edition greeting cards showcasing two Kodiak bear cubs playing with a beer keg is displayed on the shelves in the iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio.

 

I look forward to greeting all my studio guests during the October Northwoods Studio Art Tour held on October 5-6-7,2018
Here’s a peek of my art studio during the July Art Tour at the iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio. I hope to see you in October!
The Art Studio is #14 in the Northwoods Studio Art Tour booklet (the link is listed below)
http://www.northwoodsarttour.com

Location: From Hwy 51 five miles north of Woodruff, turn west on Airport Rd. The studio is 1.2 miles north of Lakeland Airport, off North Farming Road, the first driveway on Bayer Lake Road.

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Munsey and Boda never disappoint, when it comes to being interactive and sometimes even a little death-defying in regards to their behavior with each other and/or as individual characteristics.

Sometimes they’ll appear to be hugging each other and truly seem at peace with each other and the next minute they’ve into a full force wrestling match!

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Munsey loves to play and toss his collection of field stones whenever given the opportunity. I’ve documented him tossing his stones for 30 minute periods of time, multiple times throughout the day.

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When Munsey was finished with tossing field stones he decided to climb about 25 feet up a tree to retrieve some tender leaves and branches.

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As much as I enjoy photographing Munsey and Boda climbing up a tree, I really wish they’d stop climbing trees!  Munsey is about 840 lbs. and Boda is 860 lbs. on 8/29/2018. The boys an about 3 1/2 years old at this time.

 

My next book titled ” Swamp Stories” is in the process of being printed at this time and will be available at iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio during the Northwoods Art Tour scheduled for October 5-6-7 from 10:00 am-5:00 pm. My studio is listed as Number #14, located just a mile north of Lakland Airport on Lake Bayer road. To learn more about the Northwoods Art tour go to the following link.    http://www.northhwoodsarttour.com

 

A selection of my limited edition Kodiak Bear-themed art cards and photographs can be purchased this at the iMAGiNETHAT! Art Studio on  July 27-28 -29th from 10:00am- 5:00pm, listed as #14 in the Northwoods Art Tour Guide.
At this time I’m not set up to take credit cards but welcome cash and checks.

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Below are some images of collages and prints and drawings inspired by two Kodiak bear cubs that reside at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.  The series of artwork is titled “WALKABOUT”.

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(above) original collagraph print is used as a background with added watercolor and a variety of original printed and painted papers have been adhered to create a forest seen in this collage.

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(above) Mixed media/ collage/ assemblage  The background and bear formations are original collagraph prints, the foreground is created from handmade sculpted paper, to create the feel of a wooded rocky terrain.

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(above) This original collagraph print was created using multiple collagraph plates, each inked and pulled through the press separately and watercolor was added to increase the intensity of the colors.

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(above) Title: “Munsey”   Charcoal drawing of a Kodiak bear cub. This drawing was created with powdered charcoal.  The powdered charcoal was added and subtracted with a feather.  The feather was especially useful when creating the longer tufts of fur on the bear.

Many of these images are also for sale as a reproduction print and greeting cards.

 

 

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Munsey’s special talent is to collect rocks and stones and place them on his nose or forehead and toss them up into the air and hit them with his paw.

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Munsey has been perfecting his technique in stone throwing for the past two years.

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This morning Munsey was kind enough to demonstrate just how well he can throw these rocks while swimming in the pond located at the Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

I had been informed that Munsey and Boda would stop climbing tree’s when they reached 12 months of age.  Well, I can tell you that this isn’t the case with Munsey and Boda!

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This is Munsey climbing a fairly small tree on June 26th, 2018! In August Munsey and Boda will be 3 1/2 years old and they are still climbing trees!

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Munsey is about 820 lbs at this time.  It’s hard to believe that a bear can manage to move that amount of weight right up a tree!

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As you can see, this tree isn’t very large and I know that I’d heard a number of branches cracking as Munsey began to desend back to Earth!

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It takes careful footing for Munsey to figure out where to place his weight as he makes his downward journey to the ground.

Munsey and Boda had a wet and wild afternoon pool party as they enjoyed each others company swimming in the 13-foot swimming hole located in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat Area at Wildwood Zoo in Marshfield WI.

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These two loving brothers really can play rough with each other but it’s all fun and Games for these two guys!

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(left to right Munsey and Boda)  When I first arrived at the zoo this afternoon Munsey and Boda were taking a nap! Well, kind of taking a nap!

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So if you happen to be visiting Munsey and Boda, remember if they are sleeping, it’s because they probably had a very active morning or play time.  Once they’ve rested up, they are usually up and about chasing each other, swimming in the pool or in the pond.

Regardless of what these two boys are up to, I always find them endlessly entertaining to watch and document!  In the two hours, I spent documenting the bears today at Wildwood Zoo I shot about 200 photographs of Munsey and Boda.

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It’s always wonderful to capture the connections between the zoo guests or staff members and the Kodiak bears Munsey and Boda!20170822_141734-1

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This selection of photographs were taken on my birthday.  I spent about an hour watching Munsey and Boda relaxing in the JP Adler Kodiak Bear Habitat area and then splash around in the pond located in the Bear Woods. Munsey’s weight is about 760 lbs. and Boda’s weight is about 840 lbs.

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On April 20th, 2018 Munsey’s weight is about 760 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 840 lbs.

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On January 2016 Munsey’s weight was 175 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 185 lbs.

 

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On January 9, 2017 Munsey’s weight was 506 lbs. and Boda’s weight was 545 lbs.

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On February 1st, 2018  Munsey’s weight was 680 lbs. and Boda’s weight is 760 lbs.