Sea Ice Breakup On Schedule This Year!

Relative to recent years and potential impacts on polar bear health and survival in Canada, there is nothing alarming in the pattern or speed of sea ice breakup for 2017, either over Hudson Bay, the southern Beaufort, or the eastern high Arctic. Last year at this time (see map below), there was more open water […]

via Breakup of sea ice on track in Canada as critical feeding period for polar bears ends — polarbearscience

Lots of Polar Bears in the Neighbourhood

The hot polar bear news right now is the large number of sightings of bears onshore in Newfoundland and Labrador – even the CBC is impressed. All the bears have been brought to land by the abundant pack ice that’s been present off Labrador and northern Newfoundland (the territory of Davis Strait polar bears), which […]

via East Coast crawling with polar bears since early March thanks to the pack ice — polarbearscience

Polar Bear & Ice Stories

Another fat bear onshore in late winter, this time along the Quebec shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (22 March 2017) – and this time, one of the witnesses to the sighting took some great photos. Courtesy CBC News (Polar bear makes rare appearance on Quebec’s Lower North Shore 24 March 2017). Quotes, location […]

via Another fat bear onshore in late winter, along Gulf of St. Lawrence north coast — polarbearscience

Surprise Polar Bear Find!

A story that broke in Alaska newspapers a month ago made the UK press this weekend about the archaeological discovery of 1,300 year old polar bear skull that may be associated with an unusual body type known to Inuit hunters. See the Mail Online cropped headline below, full story here – and some quotes and […]

via Prehistoric polar bear find has elongated body type Inuit know as a ‘weasel bear’ — polarbearscience

Obama is reportedly trying to ban Arctic drilling for the next five years — Quartz

With just two months before he leaves office, US president Barack Obama will reportedly attempt to block oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean for the next five years. It would be a largely symbolic move, considering the decision must be reviewed by Congress and could be reversed by the next administration. But the most important…

via Obama is reportedly trying to ban Arctic drilling for the next five years — Quartz

The polar bear problem no one will talk about – the downside to large populations — polarbearscience

A large polar bear population with lots of adult males – due to bans on hunting – means more survival pressure on young bears, especially young males. To blame more problems with young male bears on lack of sea ice due to global warming ignores the downside to the reality Norway asked for when it […]

via The polar bear problem no one will talk about – the downside to large populations — polarbearscience

SAVE SOMETHING! Lots of our animal friends need our help…

Tigers, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, Rhinos, Turtles, Amphibians, Snakes, Bears, Wolves , Bees, Butterflies, Gorillas, all these, and more,  are under siege in some part of the world. Certain of these face extinction  totally or in some territories and habitats. The oceans are not exempted from these threats with some species populations plummeting to dangerously low levels…

Population growth, habitat loss to farming and development, pollution, global warming resulting in weather pattern changes, plastic refuse, self-service and just not caring are largely the obvious causes.

We’re in a lot of trouble with some of these animal, birds and fishes, and we’re not doing nearly enough to try to turn some of this stuff around.

WHY CAN’T WE GET MORE SERIOUS AND CONCERNED? It’s getting very late in the game for some…