Markus Dyck, a renowned Canadian polar bear biologist, died in a helicopter crash near Resolute Bay, Nunavut, along with two crew members on Sunday 25 April 2021. Dyck and the crew were beginning this year’s survey of the Lancaster Sound polar bear subpopulation (Crockford 2021), which hasn’t had a population count since 1997. From the […]Death of prominent Canadian polar bear biologist a tragic loss to science — polarbearscience
This is a sticky post link to my March 2019 essay on polar bear numbers at 2018. View it here.
via Global polar bear abundance ‘best guess’ estimate is 39,000 (26,000-58,000) — polarbearscience
Defenders of Wildlife Press Release SENATE AND HOUSE ARCTIC REFUGE WILDERNESS BILLS INTRODUCED Members of Congress Push for Wilderness Two Years After Transmittal WASHINGTON (April 4, 2017) – Today, 40 senators led by Senators Ed Markey (D-MA) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and a bipartisan group of representatives led by Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Brian Fitzpatrick […]
via Bipartisan Support To Protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge — Natural History Wanderings
One of the first of hundreds of polar bears expected to come off the sea ice of Hudson Bay along the west and south coasts was captured on video on 5 July. This is only the first wave, as there is still so much ice remaining that most of the bears are likely to remain […]
via First polar bear spotted off the ice in Western Hudson Bay is fat and healthy — polarbearscience
Polar Bears! Polar bears are built for the Arctic. Every trait they have is specifically engineered to live and thrive in the Arctic conditions. Polar bears, as everyone knows, are white, but that’s actually wrong! A polar bear’s fur is actually transparent and pigment-free! The reason they appear white is because each hair shaft […]
POLAR BEAR POPULATIONS
Sixty-to-eighty percent of the world’s polar bear population lives in Canada. Total world population is estimated at between 25,000-31,000. Climate change may cause the existing population to decrease by up to 30% by 2050, according to some estimates. Habitat incursions by oil exploration companies, along with pollution are additional threats.
Justin’s whole body pained as he watched this starving polar bear at an abandoned hunter’s camp, in the Canadian Arctic, slowly heave itself up to standing. With little, and thinning, ice to move around on, the bear is unable to search for food.
via A Polar Bear’s Struggle by Justin Hofman, US — KRISHNA KUMAR SINGH
THIS BLOG TAKING A HOLIDAY BREAK…
…until January 2, 2019. Happy Holidays! We wish all was well with the world’ wild animals…unfortunately not.
Defenders of Wildlife News Release TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ADVANCES PLAN TO SELL ARCTIC NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE TO BIG OIL The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has issued a draft plan to lease the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to the oil and gas industry. The agency’s environmentally destructive, legally inadequate plan would sell off one […]
via Fed Plan Sell Arctic Refuge Oil — Natural History Wanderings
Interesting summary and informed perspective from Nunavut News that’s worth a read on the issue of polar bear management in Nunavut (29 November 2018: “Inuit, Western science far apart on polar bear issues”). “Nirlungayuk said the predictions made by Western science for the polar bear populations in western Hudson Bay and Baffin Bay were, in […]
via Inuit and Western science are far apart on polar bear issues in Nunavut — polarbearscience