A lone polar bear patrols the Hudson Bay coastline. As they do every year, hundreds of polar bears have gathered near Churchill to wait for the sea ice to return.

© Tim Auer

10/27/2017 5:45:46 PM

Polar Bear Season: Week Two

By Tara Kramer, Operations Manager

Falling temperatures and the first dustings of snow welcome the growing number of polar bears arriving at our field site in Churchill. A mom with her two cubs, sparring males, and several lone bears wander in anticipation at the edge of the Hudson Bay, which is already dotted with midday ice.

Amidst the crisp waning light, our staff and team of guest polar bear specialists—including Dr. Steven Amstrup and Discovery Education—gathered to share their excitement and expertise with classrooms, partners, and passionate supporters around the world through our live Tundra Connections webcasts.

Here’s what we have in store for the week ahead:

Polar Bear Planet, grades 3-8, Mon. Oct. 30 at 12 pm CT
Our 10 Favorite Things About Polar Bears, all ages, Mon. Oct. 30 at 2:30 pm CT
The Path to Polar Bears, grades 8-12+, Tues. Oct. 31 at 10:30 am CT  
Telling the Truth About Polar Bears, grades 8-12+, Thurs. Nov. 2 at 2:30 pm CT

  • We’ve also scheduled two informal live chats, the first, Ghost Bears on the Tundra, on Halloween at 12:30 pm CT; the other, Monitoring Moms and Cubs, on Wed. Nov. 1 at 12 pm CT. 
  • What else? A new blog post takes a look at fascinating research with narwhals and polar bears.
  • And, finally, we invite you to get ready for Polar Bear Week, which starts on Sunday. Check out our daily challenges—and get involved!

I’ll reach out again next Monday with a look at the week ahead.

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