Surprising sea ice thickness across the Arctic is good news for polar bears — polarbearscience

This year near the end of May the distribution of thickest sea ice (3.5-5m/11.5-16.4 ft – or more) is a bit surprising, given that the WMO has suggested we may be only five years away from a “dangerous tipping point” in global temperatures. There is the usual and expected band of thick ice in the […]

Surprising sea ice thickness across the Arctic is good news for polar bears — polarbearscience

New survey estimates 10x as many polar bears in Russian section of Chukchi Sea as in USA portion — polarbearscience

A joint US/Russian aerial survey has estimated that a minimum of 3,435 polar bears (but possibly as many as 5,444) likely inhabited the Chukchi Sea in 2016, quite a bit more than a previous study that estimated a population size of 2,937 the same year (which used data from one small US area extrapolated to […]

New survey estimates 10x as many polar bears in Russian section of Chukchi Sea as in USA portion — polarbearscience

Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. — Animals of the Pacific Northwest

In the far north of Alaska, there is a vast, remote refuge that stretches nearly 20 million acres. The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is roughly the size of South Carolina and encompasses a range of ecosystems. It’s also home to many animals, including all three species of bear (brown, black, polar), musk oxen, caribou, and […]

Protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. — Animals of the Pacific Northwest

The report on the latest population estimate for harp seals off the east coast of North America was released in late March without fanfare and therefore no media attention. This was one of the missing scientific reports mentioned in my State of the Polar Bear Report 2019 released in February (Crockford 2020): results of surveys […]

via New report: Harp seal population critical to Davis Strait polar bears is still increasing — polarbearscience

“She just wanted to say goodbye.” by Jad Davenport, National Geographic photographer and Churchill Wild Photo Leader We spotted the last of the wolves at dusk. I was driving a snow machine east through the willows along the Hudson Bay, toward Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge. In the komatik (wooden sled) behind me Swiss photographers Fabienne […]

via Wolf encounter draws tears of joy from guest at Nanuk Polar Bear Lodge — Churchill Wild Polar Bear Tours