Well, it’s another year when I’ve successfully gotten out of shocking my bodily functions with the annual Polar Bear Swim—sparing my body of shock and shudder. In lieu of not partaking I thought I should take my head out of the sand and learn something about the threatened status of the polar bear population.
Polar Bears International (PBI) is one go-to source, serving as an informational clearinghouse connecting with scientists, biologists and others who study and document polar bears in their Arctic habitat. According to their website the organization’s been solely focused on the polar bear since 1992.
I hadn’t seen until now this short video depicting the progression of sea ice loss in the Arctic 1978 to 2008. A real eye-opener—was rather shocking to me actually. PBI thanks Ignatius G. Rigor at the University of Washington, Seattle Applied Physics Lab, for creating this video. (Keep one eye on the changing date at the top right.)
Polar Bears International asks for your help in its collaborative program planting trees to slow global warming. The Kettle Moraine State Forest in southeast Wisconsin is the site of the first Polar Bear Forest. Learn about Planting Trees for Polar Bears here, how to donate, how to make a difference.
Want to see a polar bear in its habitat up close? When BBC filmmakers deployed supposedly unobtrusive and resilient spycams to film polar bears on the sea ice, they discovered that “the cameras were no match for the curious carnivores.” I don’t know what’s cuter—the camera or the polar bear. Play the footage below.
Top photo source: Scott Schliebe for U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Wikimedia Creative Commons
Nancy R. Peck