Have you ever heard of Fat Bear Week?

Fat Bear Week is an annual tournament held at Brooks River, Alaska, in Katmai National Park and Preserve. The preserve stretches about 4.1 million acres. The event determines the fattest bear of the year in Brooks River. From Sept. 30 through Oct. 6, anybody can cast their vote to decide the fattest bear.

It all started as an event titled Fat Bear Tuesday in 2014. It grew into a weeklong contest a year later in hopes of raising awareness about wildlife in the park and preserve, the home of about 2,200 brown bears.

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 Did you know that April was animal awareness month? It is important that people help to take care of their community and other people, but we should also be taking care of our animals. You might be surprised by the important roles animals play in our environment.

For example, dogs and rats can be trained to sniff out dangerous explosives in the ground and bees pollinate one-third of everything we eat. Sadly, bees’ numbers are dropping and, since 1974, your chances of seeing a bee are 50% less likely.

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 Have you ever experienced the excitement of seeing professional baseball players practicing during spring training? If you have, you’re really lucky! The purpose of spring training is to let the teams practice in real game-like conditions. You can either watch them practicing or playing a game of scrimmage.

In Arizona, spring training started in the middle of February and ends just before the start of the regular season. Traditionally, opening day for the regular season is the first week of April.

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