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27

Feb

Google Street View puts polar bears on the mapThe conservation nonprofit Polar Bears International will use the 360-degree panoramas for educational outreach and scientific research.

Google Street View puts polar bears on the map
The conservation nonprofit Polar Bears International will use the 360-degree panoramas for educational outreach and scientific research.

It’s International Polar Bear Day!
What’s it like to live among these beautiful animals? The people of Churchill say it involves helicopter patrols on Halloween, never locking your car doors and, of course, constant vigilance.
Learn about life in the Polar Bear Capital of the World.

It’s International Polar Bear Day!

What’s it like to live among these beautiful animals? The people of Churchill say it involves helicopter patrols on Halloween, never locking your car doors and, of course, constant vigilance.

Learn about life in the Polar Bear Capital of the World.

03

Feb

treehugger:

Baby polar bear meets snow for the first time! See the video here.

treehugger:

Baby polar bear meets snow for the first time! See the video here.

28

Jan

Polar bears changing hunting and dietary habits as ice shrinksAs it becomes more difficult to get their winter bulk on, polar bears are turning to caribou and snow geese for food.

Polar bears changing hunting and dietary habits as ice shrinks
As it becomes more difficult to get their winter bulk on, polar bears are turning to caribou and snow geese for food.

09

Jan

Watch a polar bear cub take his first stepsThe 2-month-old cub at the Toronto Zoo hasn’t quite nailed walking, but he’s definitely got being cute figured out. Watch the video.

Watch a polar bear cub take his first steps
The 2-month-old cub at the Toronto Zoo hasn’t quite nailed walking, but he’s definitely got being cute figured out. Watch the video.

06

Jan

What killed polar bear Knut?Knut’s brain had severe inflammation due to encephalitis, but doctors are unsure what triggered the encephalitis in the first place.

What killed polar bear Knut?
Knut’s brain had severe inflammation due to encephalitis, but doctors are unsure what triggered the encephalitis in the first place.

18

Dec

How can lasers protect polar bears from oil drilling?The laser mapping technology can help identify polar bear dens that are often threatened by the influx of oil and gas drilling expeditions during the winter.

How can lasers protect polar bears from oil drilling?
The laser mapping technology can help identify polar bear dens that are often threatened by the influx of oil and gas drilling expeditions during the winter.

17

Oct

Yeti and polar bear may be related, says geneticistThe researcher stops short of saying there’s a hidden breed of polar bears in the Himalayas.

Yeti and polar bear may be related, says geneticist
The researcher stops short of saying there’s a hidden breed of polar bears in the Himalayas.

11

Oct

Life in the ‘Polar Bear Capital of the World’
Bear season has begun in Churchill, Manitoba, a town with fewer than 1,000 residents. By November, sometimes 60 polar bears can be seen on a given day.

If you live in Churchill, you don’t walk the streets at night during bear season. You keep your car doors unlocked — if a bear shows up, you’ll need shelter fast. And when you hear horns, you walk away and let the “bear catchers” do their job.

Halloween in Churchill is a true production. A helicopter goes up at 3 p.m. to scour the area for bears, and as night falls, numerous vehicles patrol the area. In addition to the Polar Bear Alert natural resource officers, there are Royal Canadian Mounted Police, an army reserve unit, fire trucks and ambulances.

Despite the patrols, bears still find their way into town.

Read more.

10

Oct

wolverxne:

'I was on a razor's edge' by: Paul Souders - Hudson Bay, Churchill, Canada

It was the moment he had spent two cold, grueling, and solitary weeks waiting for. But when Paul Souders finally came face to face with a polar bear his patience paid off beautifully - as these stunning snaps show. The 51-year-old photographer managed to keep his cool to capture these incredible close-up images of a swimming polar bear. Standing in his 11-foot inflatable zodiac, Souders drifted up to the female bear he spotted roaming on the ice capped shores of Churchill, Canada.He followed her as she paddled up the coast until she was relaxed enough to venture right up to his boat. Wildlife photographer Souders, from Seattle, USA, said: ‘It took her some time to settle down. I really felt like I had to earn her trust. ’I didn’t feel threatened, but I knew that I was on a razor’s edge - I had no margin for error.’I watched her reaction very closely looking for any sign of aggression.’