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

Where we work

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.

1. Provide grants to bear researchers studying all aspects of bear biology, ecology, and management;
2. Disseminate current information by publishing the scientific journal "Urus", hosting international conferences and regional workshops and training sessions, printing a member newsletter, posting past publications online, and online discussions for members and students, and;
3. Increasing our Bear Conservation Fund so that we can increase the number of grants and their dollar amount.

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.

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.

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 11/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

John Hechtel

Andreas Zedrosser

University of South-Eastern Norway, Norway

Karyn Rode

United States of America

Alexander Kopatz

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA), Norway

Marta De Barba

Laboratoire d'Ecologie Alpine (LECA), France

Agnieszka Sergiel

Institute of Nature Conservation of Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Anne Hertel

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

Konstantin Tirronen

Institute of Biology Karelian Research Centre of Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia

Colleen Olfenbuttel

North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission

Mark Edwards

Royal Alberta Museum/University of Alberta

Viviana Albarracín Dávalos

National Museum of Natural History of Bolivia (MNHN)

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No