It’s Fat Bear Week!

No, this has nothing to do with project management, product management, or academia at all. Instead this is a celebration of one of my favorite weeks of the year, Fat Bear Week! Voting starts today!

The brown bears of Katmai National Park in Alaska are expert fishers and eat boatloads of salmon to bulk up for the Winter. In 2014 a park ranger came up with the idea of a vote for the fattest bear and it was so popular it turned into Fat Bear Week a year later.

A short video on the history of Fat Bear Week

The bear cams on Explore.org are always a great watch as the bears eat their way through Summer (highlight here). I admit, I’m a sucker for a good nature live cam, but the bears ability to fish is epic. I’m pretty sure pro fishermen are jealous of that talent. For bears fat means survival through Winter hibernation, so all that eating is not just enjoyable (looks pretty enjoyable, kinda like I devour some great Indian food) but crucial to their successful Winter nap.

Side note: I’m pretty sure I was a bear in a previous life. In the Fall all I want to do is eat all the food and then sleep through Winter. Why don’t humans hibernate?

The Fat Bear Week bracket for 2023. Bears are laid out on the bracket much like the March Madness college basketball brackets.
Like March Madness? You’ll love this one.

I’ll be honest, I’ve had a not great year so far and for me Fat Bear Week is the chance to get distracted by a bunch of brown bears out there making a living and keeping it real. If you need a distraction or you just love looking at big, beefy bears this is your week. Join me, and let’s celebrate the wonder of nature and the beauty of these bears.


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