Polar Bears International

On International Polar Bear Day, we draw attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic--and how we each can help.

© Daniel J. Cox/Natural Exposures.com

2/9/2017 11:25:42 AM

International Polar Bear Day - February 27th!

We’re counting down the days to International Polar Bear Day on Monday, February 27th! And this year, more than ever, polar bears need your focus and your care.

You’re invited to celebrate with us by taking our pledge to exercise your rights as a citizen and speak up for bold action on climate, on Polar Bear Day and every day! We'll keep in touch with alerts and ways to get involved.

​Next, help us make it a global day of action for the bears by taking part in our Thermostat Challenge at home, work, or school.

It's simple: just lower your thermostat up on February 27th to reduce your carbon emissions and help polar bears. And then make every day a polar bear day by buying and installing a programmable thermostat or taking extra steps to reduce your energy consumption throughout the year.

Special Polar Bear Day Coverage: Visit our Facebook page throughout the day to hear short, live broadcasts from an array of scientists, staff, and special guests—and post your questions! Here's our schedule (which may be a bit fluid due to Internet connections and other issues):

  • 7 am MT - Alysa McCall, Polar Bears International (introduction, live from Yellowknife, Canada)
  • 8 am MT – Yorkshire Wildlife Park (polar bear care, live from the UK)
  • 9 am MT – Dr. Thea Bechshoft, University of Alberta (fun polar bear facts and research, live from Denmark)
  • 10 am MT- BJ Kirschhoffer and Krista Wright, Polar Bears International, with guest Dr. Megan Owen of San Diego Zoo Global (maternal den research, live from Svalbard, Norway) 
  • 11 am MT - Cassandra Debets and lab members, University of Manitoba (seals and belugas in Hudson Bay, live from Winnipeg, Canada)
  • 12 pm MT- Ron Togunov and Alex Beatty, University of Alberta (polar bear migration and movement patterns, live from Edmonton, Canada)
  • 1 pm MT – Liz Larsen, Utah’s Hogle Zoo (Utah’s contributions to polar bear conservation, live from Salt Lake City, USA)
  • 3 pm MT - Jody Reimer and Erin Henderson, University of Alberta (the Arctic ecosystem and polar bears, live from Edmonton, Canada)
  • 5 pm MT - Geoff York (human bear conflict, live from Bozeman, Montana, USA)
  • 6 pm MT - Alysa McCall (wrap up, live from Yellowknife, Canada)

BONUS: Chris Morgan of Bear Trek will join us at 2 pm MT on February 28th, the day after Polar Bear Day, to share his favorite polar bear facts and stories, live from Bellingham, Washington, USA!

Donate: Choose the "in honor of" option and we'll send a handsome International Polar Bear Day e-certificate, instantly!, in your name or a loved one's honor.

Scale It Up: Check out our Thermostat Challenge Toolkit for ideas on expanding the challenge in your community—a great project for schools.

Make It Social: Share your Thermostat Challenge photos on social media with #PolarBearDay, #TheromostatChallenge, and/or #Hygge. What is hygge? It’s a Danish word that loosely translates as coziness: so, turn down the heat and put on your favorite sweater, snuggle up under or a warm blanket, light candles, or bundle up for a walk in the snow!

For more about hygge, watch the video below from Janne Tofte of Scandinavian Wildlife Park.

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