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11/9/2015 5:18:29 PM

Week Four Dispatch from Churchill - Waiting for the First Ice

By Madison Stevens

Temperatures remained unseasonably warm around Churchill throughout Polar Bear Week, hovering just below freezing during the day. Still, a bitter windchill is just beginning to accelerate the sluggish formation of ice along the coast of the Hudson Bay, and the bears have begun to test the edges hopefully.

You can check in on the bears on our live Polar Bear Cam, with moms and cubs, sparring males, buggy love, and more!

During our last week of Tundra Connections® for the season, we’ll discuss the role of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in studying polar bears and their Arctic habitat. 

Our panelists will talk about connections between polar bears and penguins, crack the curious case of the “grolar” bear, take you on a virtual tour of the Churchill Northern Studies Center, and answer your questions from around the world!

This week, Lance Rougeux (Director of the Discovery Educator Network) will moderate a panel of scientists including behavioral ecologist Dr. Megan Owen, climate modeling specialist Dr. Kyle Armour, and biologist Dr. Nicholas Pilfold.

More informal live chats will focus on the similarities and differences between the 19 polar bear populations around the Arctic, and the role of technology in studying wild polar bears.

Here's a quick look at this week's schedule:

Monday, November 9 (9:30 a.m. Central Time) - POLAR BEARS AND PENGUINS: POLAR OPPOSITES – Webcast

Monday, November 9 (12 p.m. Central Time) - ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS FROM AROUND THE WORLD: ARE NARWHALS REAL? DO SEALS SNORE? – Webcast

Tuesday, November 10 (12 p.m. Central Time) - CRACKING THE CURIOUS CASE OF THE GROLAR BEAR WITH TECHNOLOGY – Webcast

Tuesday, November 10 (2:30 p.m. Central Time)– POLAR BEARS AROUND THE WORLD – Live chat

Wednesday, November 11 (2 p.m. Central Time) – USING STEM TO STUDY POLAR BEARS – Live chat

Thursday, November 12 (10 a.m. Central Time) - BLOOMS, BUGS, BIRDS, AND BEARS: A FIELD TRIP TO THE CHURCHILL NORTHERN STUDIES CENTRE – Webcast

For more detailed descriptions and to register for Tundra Connections, check out the full schedule here. 

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