Polar Bear Week
Polar Bear Week is the first week of November! In 2024, the dates are Oct. 27 - Nov. 2. Join us by donating, tuning into our live events, taking part in our “Protect Polar Bears and People" Challenge, and more.
Join Our Awareness Event
Polar Bears International created Polar Bear Week to coincide with the annual gathering of polar bears near Churchill, Canada, as they wait for sea ice to form on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During this week, we draw attention to the threats polar bears face in a warming Arctic.
Photo: Emily Ringer
Let’s Make An Impact
This year, we’re raising funds to underwrite our coexistence efforts while also supporting our other conservation efforts across the Arctic. Helping polar bears and people live safely with each other is critically important as more polar bears are spending more time onshore as the sea ice melts.
Protecting Polar Bears and People
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.
To keep people and polar bears safe, communities need reliable techniques to minimize attracting bears and to deter or frighten them away from areas of human activity. Your generosity will help fund a range of coexistence projects. These include:
Producing safety materials - From easy-to-follow posters to coloring books tailored to the unique situations in different communities, these outreach tools share best practices on staying safe and avoiding conflict.
Conducting research - This work ranges from testing ground-based radar to detect approaching bears to funding waste management studies and researching the best tools to deter polar bears.
Becoming "Bear Smart" - By supporting the efforts of the town of Churchill to become the world’s first “Bear Smart Community,” we're helping to develop a template that could serve as a model for other northern communities.
Consulting with communities - In addition, we're working with Cree communities in northern Ontario on bear-safe measures that meet their unique needs and have started collaborating with the Ny-Ȧlesund community on Svalbard on safety materials, deterrence tools, and training.
Get Involved This Polar Bear Week
Photo: Simon Gee / Polar Bears International
Check Out Our Toolkit
Interested in using your voice and platform to raise awareness? Our toolkit provides extra action tools, resources, and ways to get involved!
Learn More About Polar Bear-Human Coexistence
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
Food Attractants and Polar Bear Conservation
Scientific study combines 60 years of anecdotal evidence of the impact of human-produced waste and food on polar bears; findings offer a tool for protecting polar bears and people.
20 Jul 2022