4/4/2013 12:51:12 PM

Live Webcasts a Chance to Meet Polar Bear Scientists and Ask Questions

What is it like to study polar bears out on the arctic sea ice, where temperatures can plunge to sixty below? Teachers, students, and a curious public will have the chance to meet polar bear scientists, learn about their field work, and submit questions via three live, free webcasts on April 9, 2013.

The educational programs are part of the Spring Tundra Connections series provided by Polar Bears International (PBI), the world's leading polar bear conservation group. PBI is teaming up with the University of Wyoming to broadcast live from the Berry Biodiversity Conservation Center, home of the Biodiversity Institute at the University of Wyoming. Tundra Connections will air on PBI's My Planet, My Part website.

The schedule includes three different topics related to polar bears, each designed for a different audience:

• Polar Bear Tracker, 10 A.M. Central Time, for Grades 4-8 Meet biologists & researchers who track polar bears in the wild. Learn what they know about polar bear populations, tracking bears and how we all can take action to help this species.

• Livin' Large Like a Polar Bear, 11:30 A.M. Central Time, for Grades K-4 How big are polar bears and how do they get that way? Explore their unique adaptations to survive the arctic cold.

• Feast to Famine, 2:00 p.m. Central Time, for Adults and Professionals Explore polar bear energetics throughout the year, from gaining mass and energy stores in the spring to avoiding the ill health effects of fasting.

Visit the Spring Tundra Connections webpage for complete bios of the panelists and to learn how to register.

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