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THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR BEAR RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT

Helping Bears Through Research Since 1968

aka International Bear Association (IBA)   |   Bozeman, MT   |  www.bearbiology.org

Mission

IBA VISION: IBA envisions a world where all 8 bear species can thrive and coexist with humans. IBA MISSION: IBA advances scientific understanding and global conservation of the world’s 8 bear species.

Ruling year info

1994

President

John Hechtel

Main address

907 Jessie Way

Bozeman, MT 59715 USA

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Formerly known as

Bear Biology Association

EIN

94-3102570

NTEE code info

Professional Societies, Associations (D03)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Protection of Endangered Species (D31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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IBA aims to understand the world's 8 bear species through scientific research and collaboration with communities, conservationists, managers researchers, and students across the globe.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Research and Conservation Grants Program

This program currently provides small grants ($2,000 to $10,000 each) to support high-priority, innovative projects aimed at understanding and conserving bears. Our Grants Committee of biologists evaluates each proposal, often from graduate students, who use our seed money for pilot projects or as leverage to obtain more funding elsewhere. The amount of moneys awarded annually depend on donations and investment returns which vary from year to year.
Projects may involve direct study of bears through radio telemetry, population genetics, diet, habitat use, distribution surveys, or mitigate human-bear conflicts though education and surveys of local people.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

This program seeks to train biologists by supporting travel where a successful professionals mentor other biolgists, perhaps from an under-developed counttry, in a specific skill. Examples include experience with genetic testing, field surveys, and human-wildlife conflict resolution.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

Twice yearly, IBA publishes "Ursus", a professional peer-reviewed journal providing timely new papers on all aspects of bear biology, ecology, behavior, human-bear conflicts, management, and conservation.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Students

IBA provides small grants for members. These can be general projects or species specific depending on each individual grant requirements.

Population(s) Served

Our conferences allow members to share knowledge on research and conservation efforts to help bears. Weve held 27 conferences in 17 countries since 1968. Conferences provide a venue for workshops, education/outreach, and student mentoring.

Population(s) Served

IBA publishes an international newsletter which includes material from the IUCN Bear Specialist Group. The articles are contain current information about topics affecting bears. This newsletter allows bear biologists to publish information on their work and connect with other bear biologists.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of conferences held

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Totals By Year
Related Program

IBA Conferences

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We try to hold conferences every 1.5 years alternating between Eurasia and the Americas so members from around the world have opportunities to attend.

Total number of periodical subscribers

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Totals By Year
Related Program

Publish scientific journal "Ursus"

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The IBA's goal is to promote the conservation and restoration of the world's 8 bear species through science-based management, research, education, and distribution of information.

Through our various programs, we aim to help our members do the important work to better understand and conserve bears worldwide. Our goals are both short and long-term to ensure we can help our members today and tomorrow with financial sustainability. We continue to improve current programs and build new programs that support our members.

As a professional organization, including chairs of IUCN Bear Specialist Groups, university professors and graduate students, government biologists, and educators, we are in the unique position to select study proposals that answer current issues, using the most current and appropriate methods, for species with the most critical data gaps. We have a long-standing grants committee who themselves have years of bear research experience. We have the capacity to fund some research grants from a small internal endowment fund but require support from outside donors to reach our full potential for our programs including our peer-reviewed journal, International Bear News, conferences, grant making, professional development, and student mentoring.

Bear conservation is a long-term goal, and each year the IBA makes progress by publishing our journal, hosting well-attended international conferences, and providing funding for research and experience training through our grants program. Our strategies are working, but we always seek to improve our efficiency and expand these programs.

How we listen

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Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR BEAR RESEARCH AND MANAGEMENT

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2024
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Board chair

John Hechtel

Agnieszka Sergiel

Institute of Nature Conservation of Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Anne Hertel

Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (SBiK-F), Germany

Colleen Olfenbuttel

North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

Mark Edwards

Royal Alberta Museum/University of Alberta

Lorraine Scotson

Saola Foundation for Annamite Mountains Conservation Scotland/Lao PDR

Emily Puckett

University of Memphis

Santiago Molina

San Francisco Univeristy of Quito

John Hechtel

Retired Alaska Department of Fish and Game

Gordon Stenhouse

Retired fRI Research

Stewart Breck

United States Department of Agriculture Wildlife Research Center

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
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    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable