© Tim Auer

11/13/2017 7:38:20 PM

Polar Bear Season: Snow and Ice

By Tara Kramer, operations manager

After weeks of persistent cold and whiteout storms, the polar bears gathering across the tundra in Churchill are finally transitioning to the ice. The shores of Hudson Bay have thickened with broken fragments of frozen sea, and sightings of bears on land have waned. 

Our team celebrated the march of the bears toward the icy bay as a fitting way to wrap up Polar Bear Week, with the prospect of a longer hunting season making it one of the best Polar Bear Weeks ever! Learn more about this year's freeze-up—and how it compares to recent years—in our blog post.
Our online programs will continue this week. Here’s what’s on the schedule: 

  • Our Polar Bear Cams will continue, providing views of the ice formations on Hudson Bay, the remaining bears, and other wildlife.
  • Our final Tundra Connections webcasts for this year will air in partnership with Manitoba’s Frontier School Division. They include:
    • Climate Change in the North, hosted by FSD for Manitoba Envirothon teams, Mon., Nov. 13, 12:00 pm CT
    • Approaches to Education in Manitoba, hosted by FSD for Manitoba educators, Mon., Nov. 13, 3:00 pm CT
    • It’s All White Up Here: Polar Bears and Belugas, Gr 3-9, Tues. Nov. 14, 
      10 am CT 
    • Protecting Polar Bears and People, Gr. 4-12+, Wed. Nov. 15, 1:00 pm CT
  • We’ve also scheduled two informal live chats:
    • Talking to Belugas, Tues., Nov. 14, 12:00 pm CT 
    • Tracking Polar Bears: Collars, Tags, Drones, and More, 2:30 CT 

Looking for more? Explore this Reddit thread, “I am a polar bear biologist,” with our senior director of conservation, Geoff York, and catch up on blog posts with What’s on the Polar Bear’s Dinner Menu? Eggs with a Side of Voles by Evan Richardson. 

I’ll reach out again next week with additional updates. In the meantime, I wanted to share the good news and thank you for joining us throughout polar bear season!

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