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Effective March 1, 2011, Membership dues will change as per the following:

  •  Regular Membership: $60USD/year or $55/year for 3 or more years
  • A new Student Membership is being added for $45/year

Why Become an IBA Member?

Membership in the IBA pays off for bear researchers, managers, and conservationists alike.  The IBA offers connectivity with peers, professional meetings, publications, and updated information and news pertaining to bears and bear projects worldwide.

Membership Benefits

Membership entitles you to receive International Bear News, IBA's quarterly newsletter, and the journal Ursus.  Ursus is a peer-reviewed journal that is published twice a year.  It is the most comprehensive publication dedicated specifically to bear research and management, and is now also available online to subscribers of BioOne.  Other membership benefits include some discounts during our international conferences, and voting privileges.  Soon, IBA members will be given access to online discussion forums on bear-related topics.


Membership Fees and Structure

Standard Membership
  • Standard Membership costs $60.00 USD/year, or $55.00 USD/year for 3 or more years.  Our online membership enrollment allows you to sign up for 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 10 years at a time.
  • Includes International Bear News and Ursus.
  • You have the option to keep or donate your copy of Ursus.
Student Membership
Institutional Membership
  • Institutional Membership costs $100.00 USD/year, or $250.00 USD for 3 years.
  • Includes International Bear News and Ursus.
  • Ursus ISSN number:  1537-6176
  • Ursus is published twice a year; e.g., for 2014, current issue is Volume 25(2). 
Low-Cost Membership
  • Low-cost Membership is available for those who cannot afford a Standard Membership, and costs $25.00 USD/year.
  • Low-cost Gift Memberships are also available. 
  • Includes International Bear News, and a free copy of Ursus may be requested.
Gift Memberships*
  • Standard and Low-cost Memberships may be gifted to another member.
  • *Gift Memberships must be conducted as a separate transaction for each individual.


Ways to Pay

The IBA makes every effort to keep your payment options easy and safe!  We accept credit cards, personal checks, and international money/bank orders.  We apologize for the inconvenience, but we no longer accept wire-transfers.

Online Payment
  • Please use Explorer or Mozilla Fox browsers (vs. Safari)
  • Use our secure site and a credit card to make your payment.
  • We accept Visa and Mastercard.
  • Upon payment, you will see a message stating that your "transaction is complete."
  • Shortly, you will receive an e-mail automated receipt as proof of your membership, and will receive your subscriptions to IBN and Ursus via snail mail.

Problems with your online transaction?  Please contact the Webmaster.

IBA Publications

The IBA offers important publications such as past Ursus journals, IBA Conference Proceedings, Workshop Proceedings, Monographs, and a "Safety in Bear Country" Video.

Contact the IBA Secretary for information and instructions on how to purchase any of these publications.