B for Bears!

A journey to the international bear conference in Alaska, captured in a short documentary film

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This project received pledges on Mon 30 May 2016
4 years, 4 months ago

We are in Alaska!!

Check out our updates here:

https://bforbears.wordpress.com/posts/

Thank you all so much! And don't forget to email us your address if you have asked for something that requires shipping! I have the addresses for some of you, but I am missing quite a few. 

And if you feel like it, share our blog :)


We are so happy!!!

Angeliki and Bert


4 years, 5 months ago

Dear friends,

I had to take a few hours to digest this (and faint multiple times) - our project achieved its funding target! Aaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!

***small break to do a little dance***


We cannot believe it!! Thanks to all of you, we are now be able to go to Alaska and do all those things (and maybe more) we planned for the conference and the short documentary! Please subscribe on our blog and we'll keep you posted every step of the way. 

***bigger break for more dance and a bit of singing ("look for the beeeear necessities...")***


It all started with me wanting to present my dissertation at the International Conference on Bear Research and Management - to people who've dedicated their whole career on bears. 

Then I got accepted and I realised that Alaska was a real possibility! I was so happy..



Some of you know more about my story than others, but you can all understand that a young person that is just about to finish her degree doesn't exactly have funds for international travels and conference fees readily available..

So I was very much like this:

   

But I soon got over myself and decided to look everywhere for grants and other funding possibilities. Unfortunatelly, there were no available grants for undergraduates. They are all targeting masters and PhD researchers as it is very uncommon for an undergraduate to get invited to such a conference. I was so frustrated!

 

And then a few kind people guided us and helped us run a crowdfunding campaign. At the beginning we had our doubts...


But we thought we'd give it a go. Bert and I designed this project with passion and care. We tried to make it not about us but about the joy of being a wildlife conservationist and about the amazing creatures bears are. And the sat back and waited...

And you made it happen!


We like to think that we got the incredible support that we did because people love wild things and wild places and want to see them thrive. This sends a very powerful message. We will take it with us to Alaska and use it as our main inspiration for the documentary.

We are so grateful. 


The campaign will run until the deadline (30th of May), so keep sharing and talking about our project with your friends! We are using this platform to promote our blog and little film, so it would be great if we got the word out. And if anyone wants to donate, that's also fine!


Thank you for making it possible, 

Angeliki and Bert



4 years, 5 months ago

Our dear friends, 

Everything is going so well! We are so excited and grateful to receive such an amazing support. 

We are working hard to get everything together for our trip. We are leaving on the 3rd of June and will be keeping you posted throughout the journey - keep checking our blog for updates!

This would be the time for those of you who asked for rewards that require shipping to email us your address on stargazer1106@gmail.com. 

Thank you so much! 

Big, big love, 

Angeliki and Bert


4 years, 5 months ago

Dear friends, our campaign has now reached its minimum target!! This means that whatever goes into the campaign now will reach us and be used towards our journey, conference and film costs. We cannot believe our eyes! There is still long way to go to cover our costs, but what an amazing start!! Thank you so much for the support! 
We are eternally grateful.

Share share share 

Hurrahhhhh!!

For our Greek friends:


Καλοί μας φίλοι, η καμπάνια μας έφτασε το μίνιμουμ ποσό! Αυτό σημαίνει ότι από εδώ και πέρα ότι μπαίνει στον λογαριαμό είναι εγγυημένο να έρθει σε εμάς και να χρησιμοποιηθεί για το ταξίδι, το συνέδριο και το μινι-δοκυμαντέρ μας στην Αλάσκα! Δεν μπορούμε να το πιστέψουμε. Έχουμε δρόμο ακόμα για να καλύψουμε το κόστος του ταξιδιού, αλλά τι καλή αρχή!! Ευχαριστούμε πάρα πολύ για την υποστήριξη και συνεχίστε να το μοιράζεστε με όσους νομίζετε ότι θα τους ενδιαφέρει!

Θα είμαστε αιώνια ευγνώμονες! 
Γιουπιιιιιι


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For a £5 donation we will take a picture for you and upload it on twitter with many thanks - be sure to give us your twitter or facebook account ;)

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For a £25 donation we will sent you a high quality A5 print of one of Angeliki's artworks inspired by Alaska's wildlife. See here for examples of Angeliki's designs: https://www.behance.net/angeliki-sav

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For a £35 donation we will find you an Alaskan-looking broche or some other lovely accessory. Might be able to chose from a selection, but bear designs are going to be favoured. Moose is not out of the deal if you like their weird faces.

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For a £50 donation we will buy you a t-shirt from Alaska (designs and sizes may be negotiated!)

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An artwork by Angeliki (A5 watercolour painting of Alaskan wildlife). See here for examples: https://www.behance.net/angeliki-sav

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A hand forged bottle opener made by Bert! Forged from a single piece of mild steel. Take a sneak peek: https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/261712697/woodsmans-sock-bottle-opener?ref=shop_home_active_2

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Hand forged carbon-steel Flint striker by Bert. Use it with a sharp flint to create a shower of sparks and get the camp fire lit! A great tool, especially when the matches get wet and your lighter is broken! See examples of Bert's work here: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FairFieldForge?ref=l2-shopheader-name

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For a £250 donation we will print one of Angeliki's designs on a t-shirt for you! The bespoke design will printed after our return, inspired by Alaskan wildlife. See here for examples of Angeliki's designs: https://www.behance.net/angeliki-sav

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