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Polar Bear Scientists Announce Concerns

The IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group held its 14th meeting June 20-24, 2005, in Seattle, Washington. The scientists recommended that the polar bear be reclassified as a Vulnerable species on the IUCN Red List. They stated that the greatest challenge to polar bears may be large scale ecological change resulting from climatic warming. Read the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group press release and their resolutions.

Guravich Memorial Bibliography

PBI's extensive polar bear bibliography is up and running, with categories that include everything from scientific papers to popular articles and children's books. The online database allows users to quickly pull up a list of relevant documents through a search function. Funding for this key initiative was provided by a bequest from PBI's founder, the late Dan Guravich, with additional funding from his widow, Marcia Guravich. <more...>

On Thin Ice

Polar bears could become extinct by the end of the century if present warming trends continue in the Arctic, according to a report issued in November by the Arctic Council and the International Arctic Science Committee. <more...>

Whats New in Climate Change

The Center for Biological Diversity has petitioned the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list the polar bear as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The conservation group filed the petition on the same day that the Kyoto Protocol went into effect without the participation of the United States. <more...>

Science Camp Student Essays

Last October, PBI launched the Polar Bear Science Camp, an extension of our highly successful Adventure Learning Program, a distant-learning project started in cooperation with the Tundra Buggy Adventure in 2003. The pilot phase of the camp featured nine high school students from four different countries who traveled to Churchill, Manitoba, to learn about polar bears and to work alongside polar bear researchers. Upon their return, the students wrote essays about the experience and their future plans. <more...>

Polar Bear Cam Highlights!

Churchill's famous polar bear migration has ended for the year, but you can view season highlights from our Polar Bear Cam, a joint effort with the Tundra Buggy Adventure. We wish the bears a good year as they scatter to hunt seals on the ice, breaking their months-long fast.<more...>

Mapping Dens in the ANWR

This summer, PBI funded a mapping project of polar bear maternity dens in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)--an important first step in protecting the sensitive areas where polar bears may den. National Geographic photographer Daniel J. Cox took part in the effort and submitted this report.  <more...>

Beaufort Sea Census

PBI has assisted in funding a major polar bear population study in the southern Beaufort Sea, a territory that spans Canada and Alaska. Two teams of scientists, one headed by Dr. Steven Amstrup of the U.S. Geological Survey and the other by Dr. Ian Stirling of the Canadian Wildlife Service, are collecting data for the study...<more...>

Polar Bear Science Camp Photos

View photos of the students and instructors who took part in PBI's Polar Bear Science Camp and see some of the experiences that they had such as visiting a polar bear den, watching polar bears on the tundra, and sightseeing in Churchill, Manitoba. <more...>

Learn at Three Days Per Hour!

PBI's recent International Polar Bear Husbandry Conference, co-sponsored by AZA's Bear TAG, was packed with so much useful information that it took 42 speakers three days to deliver it all. The conference proceedings are now available right here, covering everything from the home ranges of wild polar bears to behavioral enrichment ideas for zoos with polar bears.. <more...>

Students Experience Churchill

The students who took part in PBI's Polar Bear Science Camp have completed their adventure in Churchill, an adventure in which they shared impressions with kids around the world by posting daily entries in an online journal. <more...>

The Polar Bear Encyclopedia

Alaskan polar bear scientist Steven Amstrup takes a comprehensive look at the polar bear, covering everything from distribution to denning and survival. It's a master's course in ursus maritimus. <more...>

PBI's Polar Bear Projects

PBI is proud that sales from our online gift shop cover our administrative costs, freeing up donations for our polar bear projects. We fund studies with long-range benefits for polar bear conservation and which add to the world's understanding of these magnificent animals. Your donations are supporting the following:

  • Stress factors in captive polar bears
  • The polar bears of Russia's Wrangel Island, including population, condition and behavior
  • The effects of forest fires on maternity denning sites in Manitoba
  • The nutritional needs of captive polar bear cubs
  • Social behavior in Churchill's polar bears
  • The effects of eco-tourism on polar bears
  • Online polar bear bibliography
  • International Polar Bear Husbandry Conference

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