A lone polar bear on the snowless tundra

© Tim Auer/Polar Bears International

10/21/2019 4:36:20 PM

Polar Bear Season Is Here!

By Emily Ringer, Marketing and Communications Manager

As we settle into the second half of October, fall’s pallete mutes across the tundra. In Churchill, Manitoba—the polar bear capital of the world—this is an energizing shift. A chill soaks the salty air, Arctic foxes morph from brown to white, and polar bears, who have patiently paused on land since the sea ice retreated in July, begin to pace the frosty shores in anticipation of its return.

For the last few weeks, our staff has expeditiously zipped across the tundra—setting up cameras and antennas, moving into the new Polar Bears International House, assembling our first ever polar bear conservation interpretive center, and preparing for a full season of live outreach with leading polar bear experts and scientists. The 2019 polar bear season is coming into full focus, and it’s shaping up to be the most compelling yet.

We can’t wait to give you a front row seat in the polar bear’s world, answer your questions, and share stories. Mark your calendars so you don’t miss what’s in store this year:

  • Our Polar Bear Cams are now live, bringing the polar bear gathering to your home or work place. Watch for mothers, cubs, and sparring males on a snowy tundra.
  • Our first live chat, Welcome to the Polar Bear Capital of the World, is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22nd at 1 pm Central Time. And tune in for our second live chat, Polar Bears – Pristine or Polluted?, on Wednesday, October 23rd at 3 pm Central Time. You can watch them here.  
  • We’ve also scheduled two Tundra Connections webcasts. The first,Connecting with Canada’s North - Polar Bears in My Backyard (elementary), will air on Wednesday, October 23rd at 12:30 pm Central Time. The second,Connecting with Canada’s North - Polar Bears in My Backyard secondary), is on Thursday, October 24th at 12:30 pm Central Time. To join, register and then watch here at the appropriate time
  • Polar Bear Week is November 3rd through 9th this year—join in and plan out your engagement!  

Interested in more polar bear news? Visit the home page of our website for recent blog posts on topics from the recent U.N. climate report on oceans and ice systems to tracking problem polar bears in northern Canada.

 I’ll post again next Monday with a look at the week ahead!

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