Polar Bear Week
Polar Bear Week is the first week of November! Join us by donating, tuning into our live events, taking part in the “Detect and Protect” Polar Bear Challenge, and more.
Photo: Emily Ringer
Let’s Make An Impact
This year, we’re launching a campaign to fund the development of “Detect and Protect” radar systems (affectionately known by our scientists as "Bear-dar") to alert communities of approaching bears. The goal is to reduce conflict between polar bears and people—keeping both from harm.
Protecting Polar Bears and People
Every fall, polar bears gather on the shores of Hudson Bay to wait for the sea ice to return so they can hunt their seal prey.
But the summer ice-free period is three to four weeks longer than it was in the 1980s, straining the limits of the bears’ fat reserves.
Across the Arctic, melting sea ice from climate warming is driving more polar bears ashore in more places—and for longer periods. This is leading to an uptick in encounters with people—encounters that too often end in tragedy.
Ground-based radar systems show great promise as early warning devices that can trigger alerts and prevent encounters, saving the lives of both polar bears and people.
With your help, we can develop these new tools for use across the North—and prevent needless injuries and deaths.
Get Involved This Polar Bear Week
Did You Know?
Polar Bears International is committed to reducing conflict between polar bears and people, a growing problem across the North. In addition to developing Bear-dar “Detect and Protect” systems, we are working with partners on:
Supporting the efforts of northern communities to become “polar bear safe”
Researching the best deterrent methods, including bear spray
Creating standardized safety messaging for use throughout bear country
Developing “bear safe” coloring books for children in northern communities
Learn More About Polar Bear-Human Conflict
Coexisting with Polar Bears
Churchill locals want polar bears around—they just don’t want to bump into them on a downtown street corner.
20 Sep 2020
Bear Spray Effective
A new study lays to rest fears about the performance of bear spray in Arctic conditions, including wind and cold.
07 Oct 2020