10/25/2014 4:57:56 PM

Tundra Connections Week 1 (Oct. 25-Nov. 1)

We've been getting ready for months and now it is finally time. The Polar Bear Cam is live and our Tundra Connections webcasts and live chats have started. We are bringing the tundra into homes around the world.

Join us, and our special guests, for the first week of programming. We'll tour a tundra buggy, learn about polar bear moms and cubs, get a glimpse of Churchill—the Polar Bear Capital of the World, discover how polar bears are managed, and so much more.

To take part, check out the topics below and choose one or more (we want you to participate in all of them!). Then register* and watch on our Polar Bear TV at the dates and times below. Questions? Check out our FAQ.

Welcome to Buggy One and Mums and Cubs

Saturday, Oct. 25, 1:30 pm CT. Tune in as PBI scientist Alysa McCall interviews Wes Larson, BYU grad student, about what it's like to study polar bear moms and their cubs in northern Alaska. Find out what makes this group of polar bears so special and how scientists are using new technologies to learn more.

Alaskan Polar Bear Moms

Sunday, October 26, 11 am CT. Polar bear moms are very elusive and protective of their cubs, denning in remote locations far away from people. So how do scientists know anything about these maternal dens? Join Alysa McCall as she interviews Wes Larson about what it's like to (safely) find polar bear mothers and cubs in their dens on Alaskan sea ice and how new technologies are making this possible.

Virtual Field Trip to the Polar Bear Capital of the World 

Tuesday, October 28, 11 am CT. Can't make it to Churchill this season? Come take a virtual tour and get to know the town that lives (and thrives) with polar bears. Part of STEM Week for educators. Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network); Guests: Dr. Seth StapletonDr. Tom SmithJody Reimer

Polar Bears from the Air: Drones and Satellites 

Tuesday, October 28, 1:30 pm. How can we study polar bears less intrusively? Find out how the latest technology helps us understand polar bears better. Part of STEM Week for educators. Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network); Guests: Dr. Seth StapletonDr. Tom SmithJody Reimer

Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Can You Hear?  (For Kids, K-2nd grade audience) 

Wednesday, October 29, 12:30 pm CT. Learn all about polar bear adaptations....and everything else you want to know about polar bears. Part of STEM Week for educators. Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network); Guests: Dr. Seth StapletonDr. Tom SmithJody Reimer

Polar Bears by the Numbers + Math Challenge

Thursday, October 30, 12 pm CT. How does a student's home range compare to that of a polar bear? Who eats more? Who has the biggest hands, er, paws? Get ready for this webcast by reading the background information on our Math Challenge, seeing the survey questions and submitted data. Also, check out Taking It Further to dig a little deeper! Part of STEM Week for educators. Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network); Guests: Dr. Seth StapletonDr. Tom SmithJody Reimer

Virtual Field Trip to the Polar Bear Capital of the World 

Thursday, October 30, 1:30 pm CT. Can't make it to Churchill this season? Come take a virtual tour and get to know the town that lives (and thrives) with polar bears. Part of STEM Week for educators. Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network); Guests: Dr. Seth StapletonDr. Tom SmithJody Reimer

Polar Bear Patrol

Date and Time TBA. Churchill, Manitoba, is known as the Polar Bear Capital of the World and residents routinely spot polar bears around town. How do people stay safe? Join Alysa McCall (and maybe a special guest) to learn how the rangers at Manitoba Conservation and the Polar Bear Patrol keep the town safe 24/7, and why this Halloween has everyone on high alert!

Bear Talk with Chris Morgan

Friday, Oct. 31, 3 pm CT. World-renowned bear expert Chris Morgan joins Alysa McCall to chat about his experiences with polar bears on the tundra. Learn how this place and these bears differ from all the other bears he has studied.

Tracking Down Polar Bears

Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 am CT. How do we know where polar bears are in the winter when they leave land? Tune in as Alysa McCall talks about the new and exciting technologies being used to study and track polar bears, and why this information could be critical for their future.

Want to know what the rest of the season looks like? Check out the complete schedule for our live chats and Tundra Connections webcasts.

*We encourage registration for the Tundra Connections webcasts so we can send a reminder and know who is joining us. The live chats are shorter and more casual and don't require registration.

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