Web cam for bear viewing in Alsaka

National Geographic is hosting a new webcam on Alaska's McNeil river - which is home to one of the largest concentratrions of brown (or grizzly) bears. 
This is a near-mystic wildlife mecca where  up to 10 people (mostly photographers but also wildlife researchers etc), chosen by lotto, can  fly to a lodge and be on a platform area, very close to where the bears are fishing and playing.  Sometimes up to 80 bears will converge here.  These bears have grown to trust the humans here, and go about their business, knowing they will not be harmed.

The site for this very cool bear web cam. It is at
It uses real player - which can be downloaded for free.
It's great to watch and you can hear the water and seagulls... 
Daily Camera Operating Hours:

5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Alaska Standard Time. For best views, watch from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Alaska time when a Pratt Museum interpreter will maneuver the cam. Alasaka is 4 hours behind us.
I just an intersting article in my Alaska magazine talking about newly re-written state rules governing this area that is raising hackles.  Land not far from this may be designated for hunting.  I'll try to get a link to the articles.
McNeil River Bears

Photo - Anchorage Daily News