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Polar Bear Conservation

 

Cooperation is key when it comes to polar bear conservation. At the heart of this work is an animal that pads across borders or swims to new shores.

Along the way, polar bears face a wide range of challenges--from melting sea ice to poachers, industry, and toxins.

 

"That's why it takes a village to save polar bears," says Krista Wright, PBI's executive director. "Different approaches and skills are all part of the mix."

 

The polar bear village includes:

  • The IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group, composed of scientists from the five polar bear nations
  • Joint research projects by government agencies, universities, and conservation groups
  • Management plans that span borders
  • Zoos and aquariums that work cooperatively with field researchers
  • Greenhouse gas reduction efforts that take place far from the polar bear's home

"Our daily work connects us with people around the globe," says Wright. "We're part of a big, cooperative community focused on a single goal: ensuring polar bears survive for future generations."

Arctic Classroom

 

Now here's a date worth saving: registration for our free online mini-course, Arctic Connections: Exploring Ecosystems Around the World, opens June 2nd. The self-paced course is part of the NMC Academy. Open to all educators, it provides STEMx training and meets Next Generation Science Standards.
Guest Blog Post
By Wesley Larson

 

As a scientist and somewhat of an adventure-seeker, I've experienced a number of times in my life when curiosity outweighed my basic natural instincts to avoid danger. This leads me to do things that, when I step back, don't make much rational sense. Staring into the mouth of a polar bear den yesterday, I felt that familiar feeling creep back. More |

Sea Ice Spotlight

 

At this time of year, polar bears are hunting seals and their pups out on the sea ice. This ice can either be landfast ice, which is attached to shore, or pack ice, which is mobile.

 

Pack ice is dynamic, drifting with winds and currents and rarely forming a solid cover. It is the preferred habitat for adult male bears. Landfast ice is more stable, providing safer hunting grounds for polar bear moms with small cubs.

Volunteer Shoutout
Kathy Donahue

 

We couldn't be more grateful to environmental educator Kathy Donahue. She generously donates her talents to moderate our NMC Catalyst Academy mini-courses for teachers and gladly raises her hand for other tasks, including monitoring student questions during our Tundra Connections webcasts and helping with the fall Polar Bear Cam.

 

Gold stars all around, Kathy! We feel fortunate to have your help.

In This Issue
 
Polar Bear Conservation
Arctic Classroom
Guest Blog Post
Sea Ice Spotlight
Volunteer Shoutout
Smile--It's for Charity!
 
 
We do our very best to reduce consumption--but when we must buy something, we love it when our purchases also help the bears.

Thanks to the good will of an assortment of virtual shopping sites, you can donate to PBI just by buying online. Amazon Smile, iGive, and Goodsearch are just a few of the sites that donate a percentage of sales from participating retailers.
Go Outside and Play
 
Polar Bottle
We can't think of a better way to stay hydrated than with a PBI benefit water bottle! The 24-oz. insulated bottle fits nicely in a bike cage, a backpack, or simply in your hand.
 
What's a nice complement to a water bottle? A PBI bike jersey--more sizes coming soon to the PBI gift center. Both are perfect for our Pedal for Polar Bears Challenge!
Featured Sponsor
Frontiers North Adventures
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With summer bearing down on the Northern Hemisphere, many of us are dreaming of vacation. But cooler autumn temperatures don't have to rule out a rewarding holiday, and now is the time to make your plans with long-time PBI Platinum sponsor Frontiers North Adventures.

FNA's support enables PBI to conduct our Churchill fieldwork, and their fun and knowledgable staff ensure a great time, too!  
Video of the Month
Did you miss our Tundra Connections webcast on Polar Bear Play? Don't worry, you can see the archive here. It features fascinating insights into why polar bears play, along with real-time antics from Buzz and Neil, twin polar bears at the Como Park Zoo.
Teaching Tool

  Ready for a classroom project to reduce carbon pollution and encourage more biking? Our Pedal for Polar Bears Community Action Toolkit is a fun way to get your students involved.



 
 
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Photo Credits:
Pack Ice, Dan Cox/NaturalExposures.com;
Kathy Donahue, Courtesy of Kathy Donahue;
Cooperating Bears, Dan Guravich;
Wes Larson, Courtesy Wes Larson;
Polar Bear Village, Down Matthews


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