International Polar Bear Day is just a few weeks away: Tuesday, February 27! We created the day to coincide with the time when polar bear moms and cubs are snug in their snow dens. As part of our awareness event, we focus on the need to protect polar bear families across the Arctic, giving them the best chance of survival.

We hope you’ll join us for live events and special outreach in the week leading up to International Polar Bear Day and on the day itself. Tune in to celebrate polar bears, learn about moms and cubs, and gain insights into the challenges of Arctic field work during the denning period — from subzero temperatures to avalanche risks. Also find out how, by working together, we can sustain a better future for moms and cubs.

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Behind the Scenes in Svalbard: Mom and Cub Research
Monday, February 26, at 8 am Central Time - watch on our Facebook page
Geoff York, Christian Zoelly, and Joanna Sulich

Moms and cubs are the most vulnerable polar bears in the population. Protecting them is critical. Watch this video dispatch from our field research team in Svalbard, Norway, as they give you a sneak peek into what it’s like prepping for our maternal denning study. They will show off their gear, discuss how they get close to dens without disturbing the new families, and talk about why we are working so hard to protect moms and cubs!

Top Mom and Cubs Facts: Q&A with Alysa McCall
Tuesday, February 27, at 10 am Central Time - watch live on our Facebook page

On International Polar Bear Day, our own Alysa McCall and Kieran McIver will tune in live from Churchill, Manitoba, Canada – the famous polar bear gathering place – to share some of their favorite mom and cub facts and answer your questions.

Please note: If you visit our Facebook page BEFORE the live chat on Top Mom and Cub Facts starts, you will need to refresh your screen to see it. Both events will be archived on our Facebook page for later viewing.

In addition to these events, visit our International Polar Bear Day page for more ways to get involved. Find a toolkit to help spread the word, donate to support our efforts to help polar bear families, take our Survive to 5 fundraising challenge, and explore key facts about moms and cubs.