At a time of year when Hudson Bay should be close to freezing, the bay is ice-free and the tundra is muddy, with remnant patches of snow.

© Madison Stevens/Polar Bears International

1/9/2017 2:43:51 AM

This Week on the Tundra {Nov 14, 2016}

As a new week starts in Churchill, the weather is the warmest we’ve ever seen at this time of year. The tundra is muddy, with remnant patches of snow, and the bay is ice-free.

More and more polar bears are gathering here, waiting for freeze-up and a return to hunting seals, but sea ice is at a record low across the Arctic.

Against this backdrop, we held our annual Conservation Journey. Each year the trip gives us a chance to connect people with wild polar bears—people who support our efforts and leave inspired to do even more.

Throughout the Churchill season, the annual gathering of polar bears provides us with a platform to share with the world. And now, more than ever, we need the support of everyone who cares about polar bears and the Arctic.

In the week ahead, we’ll continue to air our live Polar Bear Cams in partnership with and Frontiers North Adventures, bringing the bears to a global audience. We’ll couple these with Facebook live chats to interpret what viewers are seeing and answer questions.

And, finally, we’ve lined up a series of virtual field trips to the Arctic through our Tundra Connections® webcasts. Along with our partner, Discovery Education, we’ll take students beyond classroom walls to learn about polar bears and other Arctic wildlife, the environment, and careers on the tundra.

You’re welcome to join us for these three live events, each targeted to different grade levels, but open to all:

  • Arctic ABCs; Monday, Nov. 14, 12:00 p.m. ET
  • Ice Bears in Your Backyard; Tuesday, Nov. 15, 1:00 p.m. ET
  • STEM on the Tundra: Cool Jobs!; Wednesday, Nov. 16, 12:00 p.m. ET

Visit our Tundra Connections page for more detailed descriptions, registration links, and educational resources and activities related to the webcasts.

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