A polar bear rests on the snowy tundra, conserving energy

A polar bear rests on the snowy tundra, conserving energy until Hudson Bay freezes and he can return to hunting seals.

© Tim Auer/Polar Bears International

10/29/2018 5:22:58 PM

Week Two in Churchill

A thick blanket of snow settled in Churchill this week and welcomed the growing numbers of bears gathering at the Hudson Bay. Our live Polar Bear Cams, participants in our Tundra Connections broadcasts, and Polar Bears International staff followed the bears amidst the scattered willows as they stretched, rolled, and lifted their noses in the cool air. 

The whole team, including Dr. Flavio Lehner of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and Jody Reimer of the University of Alberta, shared this Arctic ecosystem through webcasts and live chats, talking with students both locally and around the world about future careers in science and across the Arctic. (If you missed the live broadcasts, you can watch the archives here: Life in the Arctic: Top to Bottom and At The Top of the World with Polar Bears.)

In the week ahead, we’ll welcome three more specialists to the tundra for another full schedule of live events. Here’s what’s in store for the coming days:

  • Our live Polar Bear Cams will continue, bringing polar bears, other wildlife, and the wind-swept, snowy tundra to you.
  • We’ll air three live chats this week: Connecting the North: From Polar Bears to People, on Tuesday, Oct. 30th, 12 pm Central Time; Polar Boos: Halloween in Churchill, on Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 3 pm Central Time; and Countdown to Polar Bear Week—Top 10 Facts, on Thursday, Nov. 1st, 12 pm Central Time. You can watch them here.
  • We’ve also scheduled a Tundra Connections webcast, Polar Bear Spies, Gr 3+, on Wednesday, Oct. 31st, 12 pm CT. It will focus on using technology to explore the secret lives of polar bears. To join us, register and watch here.
  • In other news, photographer Daniel J. Cox of Natural Exposures shares tips on our website about how to photograph polar bears—making sure your subject remains safe and respected, while you go home with amazing pictures of the animals you love. 
  • Finally, if you missed our video on how radar may play a role in reducing tragic encounters between polar bears and people, you can see it here.

I’ll be in touch next Monday with news of the week ahead!

Prior to joining the staff of Polar Bears International, Tara spent nearly a decade working in field operations for the U.S. Polar Programs at remote research sites in Greenland and Antarctica. She studied writing at the University of Iowa and has a reverence for the vast polar ecosystems.

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