A cornucopia of berries

The air of the Great Bear Rainforest is now sweet with the aroma of ripe berries. While these scents are often imperceptible to humans, bears are able to detect these delicious morsels with an olfactory sensitivity that is unimaginable to us. Right now many bears are moving between patches of salmonberry, elderberry, thimbleberry, huckleberry and salal. While berries only contain 3-7% protein, they are rich in carbohydrates, which makes them an important food for bears as they race to gain stored fats for the winter. Bears are also responsible for dispersing berry seeds, 20,000 to 400,000 per day, throughout the forest to help ensure a good berry crop for years to come.

Check back next month for another interesting wildlife fact.