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Winner of the New Facebook Talent Contest Will Have Chance to See the Rare Spirit Bear

posted by: Administrator, May 29, 2012 at 5pm

Each year only a handful of people get to see a spirit bear in person. With not more than two hundred of the elusive bears left in the world – the only place they live is in British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest– some have referred to the experience as life altering.

Now there’s a chance to win a two-person all expense paid round trip to the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest (valued at $6500) – and to go in search of the spirit bear.

A new talent contest called ‘Great Bear’s Got Talent’ launched on Facebook challenges applicants to create the most ‘artful, stirring and creative homage” to the Great Bear Rainforest.

The tribute– be it a song, a dance, a painting, or another art form entirely – that generates the most Facebook votes, and gets the seal of approval from a team of judges, wins the two-person trip out of Vancouver.

The five-day ecotourism experience donated by Spirit Bear Lodge in Klemtu, in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest, includes return airfare from Vancouver, bear viewing, including a one day Spirit bear excursion, cultural tour, optional kayaking, full accommodation and all meals.

“To be able to deliver a stirring tribute, we believe the applicants will have to care deeply about the wild, magical place that is Great Bear Rainforest, home of the spirit bear, and will want to see the region fully protected as much as we do,” said Jens Wieting of Sierra Club BC, one of the co-hosts of the contest along with ForestEthics Solutions and Greenpeace.

The winning homage will be posted at Take it Taller a growing social media campaign with the goal of seeing the agreements to protect the Great Bear Rainforest fully implemented by March 2013. The agreements were announced six years ago and are still not implemented.