I had the chance to spend several days photographing the black bears at the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary in Orr, Minnesota and was deeply touched by what I saw there and learned. The love and devotion the volunteers have for these magnificent animals inspired me and now I want to do all I can to get the word out so others will help insure the safety and life of all wildlife. I feel if the public is better educated about our precious wildlife they would be more sympathetic to all living things. Education is the key and this is what the American Bear Association is trying to do. By allowing the public to view these animals in their own habitat and not in a cage in a zoo, we can truly learn about them. We need these creatures for our own survival. Even if one species disappears it impacts all others. We need to set aside places where all animals can feel safe and still be free. Places where we can go and get back to nature, to renew our spirit and just breathe.