A male polar bear appears to wink.

© Meril Darees and Manon Moulis

2/18/2019 10:16:12 PM

International Polar Bear Day: Almost Here

We’re counting down the days to our annual awareness day, International Polar Bear Day on February 27th. Every year, we draw attention to the threats polar bears face in a warming Arctic and how each of us can help.

People power

Visit our page dedicated to the day to find out how you can do your part to ensure the polar bear’s future. As climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe says, “When it comes to fixing climate change, we need all options on the table and all hands on deck.”

Add to your polar bear I.Q.

What it’s like to work with polar bears? Our senior director of conservation, Geoff York, will take part in an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) session on Reddit as part of our celebration. Not only is Geoff well-versed in the polar bear’s biology, he’s also an expert on how to reduce conflict between polar bears and people. Join Geoff’s AMA on February 27 at 1 p.m. ET.

Engage with experts

We also plan to host an exciting mix of scientists, staff, and special guests from Canada, Denmark, the U.S., the U.K., and Norway live on our Facebook page throughout the day! You’ll have the chance to meet them, learn about the bears, and post your questions. Here’s our schedule to help you plan, with possible additional appearances by other staff members:*

12 pm ET - BJ Kirschhoffer, Polar Bears International (polar bear maternal den research, live from Svalbard, Norway

1 pm ET - Cassandra Debets, University of Manitoba (Arctic mammal marine diversity, live from Winnipeg, Canada)

3:30 pm ET – Jody Reimer, Natasha Klappstein, Brooke Biddlecombe, University of Alberta (polar bear research, live from Edmonton, Canada)

4:00 pm ET - Dr. Thea Bechshoft, Polar Bears International (work with European zoos on polar bear research projects, fun polar bear facts, live from Denmark)

4:30 ET – Stephanie Penk, University of Toronto and Toronto Zoo (collaborations: how zoos and researchers maximize learning from polar bears in care, live from Toronto)

5:00 pm ET - Geoff York, Polar Bears International (polar bear-human conflict, live from Bozeman, Montana, USA)

In addition, we’ll  share videos on our Facebook page throughout the day from our Arctic Ambassador Center network of zoos and aquariums about the role they play in polar bear conservation. Participants include: Assiniboine Park Zoo, Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, Memphis Zoo, Polar Bear Habitat, San Diego Zoo, and Yorkshire Wildlife Park.

We’ll see you there! 

*Please note: the schedule is somewhat fluid and people/topics may change depending on connections and other variables.

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