Polar Bear Week runs from November 5-11 this year. Join us in celebrating the bears and taking action!

© Copyright Tim Auer

11/6/2017 9:31:42 PM

It's Polar Bear Week!

By Tara Kramer, Operations Manager

Howling winds, thick snowfalls, and bitter cold signaled impending winter to both polar bears and the PBI team over the past few days in Churchill. While the bears hunkered down on the tundra, Jon Aars of the Norwegian Polar Institute and Evan Richardson from Environment and Climate Change Canada joined our staff and Explore.org for another lively series of webcasts. 

The cameras and conversations captured some stunning everyday moments of polar bear life—hunting voles, surprise encounters with snowy owls, and multiple sightings of red foxes.

It’s Polar Bear Week and we invite you to join us in celebrating the bears and drawing attention to the challenges they face. Tune in throughout the week for impromptu live chats, Facebook Live events, short videos, and more!

Here’s what we have planned:

  • Our Polar Bear Cams continue to provide real-time views of the polar bear migration, along with other wildlife. We’ve had lots of great action this year, including this fun clip of a polar bear catching a meadow vole. (It’s a banner year for small rodents, providing a feast for foxes and snowy owls.)
  • We’ve scheduled two informal live chats, the first, Why Work with Zoos? Helping Wild Polar Bears Through Their Captive Cousins, will air on , Nov. 9 at 2:30 pm CT; the other, Top 10 Polar Bear Questions of 2017, on Fri., Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. Visit our Facebook page to watch them live and post questions.
  • We’ve also planned a special Tundra Connections webcast for our Arctic Ambassador Center partners, sharing information on how they can become more involved. It’s scheduled for Fri. Nov. 10 at 12 pm CT.
  • What else? Our chief scientist, Dr. Steven Amstrup, shares thoughts on the U.N. climate change talks in Bonn, Germany, and Brad Fountain of Discovery Education looks back at his week with us on the tundra.
  • And, finally, we’ll air a bonus live chat with our colleagues at WWF centered around the Bonn climate talks. Visit our Facebook page to watch for it.

Thanks for joining us for Polar Bear Week and polar bear season. I’ll be in touch next Monday with events related to our fourth week on the tundra!

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