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    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2011 edited

    Here is a graph showing how many times a  bear WAS SEEN AT A FEEDER during each hourly time period going back to 3/25/11. These numbers will not be the same as the total number of bears that have been counted because of the overlapping times based on how long a bear stayed at a feeder. For example, if a bear arrived at 5am and stayed at the feeder until 8am, he will be counted for the 6am to 7am slot also.



    Last updated on: ...7/15...9:45pm


    12 Midnight - 1am.....10

    1am - 2am.....7

    2am - 3am....4

    3am - 4am...4

    4am - 5am...5

    5am - 6am...15

    6am - 7am...26

    7am - 8am...32

    8am - 9am...21

    9am - 10am...11

    10am - 11am...17

    11am - 12 Noon...17

    12 Noon - 1pm...19

    1pm - 2pm...13

    2pm - 3pm...12

    3pm - 4pm...13

    4pm - 5pm...16

    5pm - 6pm...20

    6pm - 7pm...25

    7pm - 8pm...37

    8pm - 9pm...46

    9pm - 10pm...20

    10pm - 11pm...8

    11pm - 12 Midnight...6

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2011

    I updated the count for today's 3 bears.

    • CommentAuthorTRMichels
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2011

    Interesting. Is there a wayto  examine this in relation to monthly lunar activity, solunar table, feedign & Fishing times etc, or differences in male:female activity times or age  / sighting time  differences? Or a way to correlate it with temperature, dewpoint, windchill factor, heat index,  humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation and cloud cover. Or a way to determine sighting times in relation to actual sunrise and sunset times?

    Did sighting times change from month to month?

    It is fun isn't it? but it is also work.  


    Have fun with it.

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeMay 27th 2011 edited

    TR, I'll let you have fun with all those details!  I'm going to keep it simple and just present the basic stats.

    • CommentAuthorTRMichels
    • CommentTimeMay 28th 2011

    ONe of the reasons I ask is becasue when you lump somehitn like sighting for 2-3 monts or longer together, it doe snot give a goo dpicture of when the bears were active durng each of those months, I suspect taht bear actifiyt time in March and early April were different than in May and June, because the bears had just come out of hibernation.

    Why does it matter? Because, if a person reads your stats, and goes out at 8-9 PM in July to see bears, because that is when your stats suggest bears are most active, they could be disappointed, because bears in July may be most active in the morning, or at night, or even later in the night than your stats suggest.   Or, in the case of a bear hunter, or researcher, who wants to shoot or trap or observe bears, they realize that that time-frame is after dark, and it is illegal to hunt bears, and probably not a good time to see or capture bears.

    I learned a long time ago that the daily weather conditions play a big influence on when and where animals move. The time-frame your stats suggest often coincides with the time of day when barometric pressure falls, and that may cause bears to become more active than normal at that time - due to the weather - than the lack of sunlight as one might suspect. 

    "Lumping" of data from several weeks or months (which is what you have done) or years can be very misleading, if you really want to understand the biology and behavior of the animals. It can be very misleading. So, why not take your research to th next step? You might find it fun and very interesting.   

    God bless,


    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeJun 1st 2011

    Updated on 6/1 at 10:30am

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011

    Updated 6/3...10am

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd 2011 edited

    Updated on 6/14...8:35pm

    • CommentAuthorTRMichels
    • CommentTimeJun 15th 2011

    Looksl like peak activity times are form 6-8 AM and 6-10 PM with more activity in the evening than morning, suggesting slight nocturnal behavior. Ther sis also a slight peak at noon, which we see in deer and elk.

    animals have what is refered to as a "circadian clock", which is part of the hypothalmus of the brain, by which they can tell time. It is understandable when there is change from dark to light, but how do they know when is it noon or midnight? 

    This activity is called "circadian rhythm".

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeJul 9th 2011


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    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012


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    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012

    Testing how to post screenscapes.

    • CommentAuthoroknad49
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012

    Sorry, I was testing on some old threads my screen captures and forgot that it would bring this up to the top of the Forums page!