World Ranger Day is July 31! Every year on this day, we present our World Ranger Day Award to an individual or team working to help polar bears and people coexist. This year, we are pleased to honor the dedicated men and women of the Watchman Crew in Ny-Alesund, a remote community in Spitsbergen, Svalbard, known for its Arctic research station.
Set at a latitude of 79 degrees north, the settlement has about 40 year-round residents. During the summer fieldwork season, the numbers swell to roughly 150 people as researchers from all over the world travel to the station to take samples and do measurements.