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Blog Archive for November 2010

Federal Judge Orders Review of Polar Bear’s Status Under the ESA

November 29th, 2010

Contact Interior Secretary, Ken Salazar, and tell him to list the polar bear as an endangered species (rather than threatened), due to the threat of extinction attributed to habitat loss (loss of sea ice). Send letters to: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Department of the Interior 1849 C Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20240 See Federal judge… Read the complete post or our blog for all news.

Federal Judge sets a 12/23/2010 Deadline for USFWS for Polar Bear Listing

November 28th, 2010

We should have posted this news earlier, but we were busy traveling the latitudes to polar bear country, ourselves. A federal judge set a Dec 23, 2010 deadline for USFWS to justify listing the polar bear as threatened, rather than endangered, which would offer polar bears more protection. According to Associated Press, “the law says… Read the complete post or our blog for all news.

CBC Covers The Unseasonably Warm Temperatures In Hudson Bay

November 20th, 2010

While the media focuses on “starving polar bears”, the real threat at the moment is more focused on reproduction—polar bears are “delayed implanters” and pregnancy depends on the female putting on enough body weight before December to sustain pregnancy. If bears do not have enough body weight, they cannot reproduce, and those cubs that are… Read the complete post or our blog for all news.

We’ve Just Returned From Our Arctic Ecology Field Course in Churchill, Manitoba

November 18th, 2010

We encountered the beautiful as well as the disturbing in terms of human impact on polar bears & their habitat. We came away with a better understanding of polar bears and the threats they face, not only in terms of global climate change, but also in terms of industrial tourism, food-conditioning, and habitat degradation. Two… Read the complete post or our blog for all news.

Article in Kaimin on our Churchill Arctic Ecology Trip

November 11th, 2010

For the past 27 years, the Great Bear Foundation, based in Missoula, has trekked north each autumn to Churchill, Manitoba. Led by Dr. Charles “Chuck” Jonkel, who has over 50 years of field experience, the expeditions seek to educate people on polar bears and their environment. On Nov. 6, the group will embark on its… Read the complete post or our blog for all news.

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