Tundra Connections Fall 2014

Wow. What a line-up! You're invited to meet and talk with some of the world's foremost authorities on polar bears and climate change during our free Tundra Connections® broadcasts. Big names. With big stories. And big bears just outside.

2014 FALL WEBCAST SCHEDULE
Our webcasts are targeted to a general audience unless otherwise noted. To join in, review the topics to find those best suited to you. Then register (we'll share the link soon) and watch the webcasts on our Polar Bear TV at the dates and times below. Questions? Check out our FAQ.

WEEK ONE, OCTOBER 20-26, POLAR BEAR CAM WEEK

Partner: Parks Canada
Show Host: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International)
Special Guest: Wesley Larsen (Brigham Young University)

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23, 11 a.m. CST and FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1 p.m. CST
Polar Bear Cam, Live! - Welcome to the launch of the Polar Bear Cams in Churchill, Manitoba! We will be blogging and holding live chats throughout the week as we watch the polar bear migration on the coast of the Hudson Bay. Join us as we interview experts about these polar bears and their environment. Be sure to tune in with your questions!

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25, 1 p.m. CST
Mums and Cubs - All mums work hard, so what makes a polar bear mum so special? How about not eating for eight months straight! Tune in as we talk about these amazing mothers and their (demanding!) offspring.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26, 11 a.m. CST
Polar Bear Patrol - 
Most kids love Halloween, but how many worry about polar bears while collecting candy? We talk to Manitoba Conservation about why Halloween in Churchill isn’t your average holiday, and how officers make sure everyone gets home safely!

WEEK TWO, OCTOBER 27-31, STEM WEEK FOR STUDENTS & EDUCATORS

Partner: Discovery Educator Network
Show Host: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network)
Special Guests: Dr. Seth Stapleton (University of Minnesota); Dr. Tom Smith (Brigham Young University); Jody Reimer (University of Alberta)

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 11 a.m. CST
A Virtual Field Trip to the Polar Bear Capital of the World - Join Kyle as he continues his Churchill adventure and learns how different Churchill is from his hometown! Discuss living with polar bears, the Polar Bear Alert program, the Polar Bear Holding Facility, and why there are so many polar bears in this part of the Hudson Bay. Find out if Kyle packed enough warm clothes!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1:30 p.m. CST
Polar Bears from the Air: Drones and SatellitesDoes the word “drone” make you think of wildlife research? It should! Polar bear collaring has been used for years to track bears, but now we are taking to the sky to monitor them in lots of different ways. Join our experts in their discussion of how new technologies are becoming an important way to study polar bears on the sea ice.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 29, 12:30 p.m. CST
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Can You Hear?  (For Kids, K-2nd grade audience) Who has better hearing: a polar bear or your family dog? From how far away can a polar bear smell a seal? Learn about how a polar bear’s amazing senses help them find food and survive the Arctic winters!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 12 p.m. CST
Polar Bears by the Numbers + Math Challenge - Math sometimes can seem intimidating or even boring, but it doesn’t have to be! Find out how scientists are using math to understand polar bear populations and why math helps us make sense of the world. Help us solve math problems to better understand polar bears!

WEEK THREE, NOVEMBER 2-8, POLAR BEAR WEEK- TAKE THE NEXT STEP!

Partner: AZA
Show Host:
Dr. Don Moore (Smithonian's National Zoo)
Special Guests: Dr. Steven Amstrup and Geoff York (VIP hosts, Polar Bears International; Dr. Andrew Derocher (University of Alberta); Megan Owen (San Diego Zoo Institute for Research); Dr. Cecilia Bitz (University of Washington)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 1 p.m. CST
Take the Next Step #SaveOurSeaIce - 
How can you take the next step to help polar bears? Share your actions and projects and help #SaveOurSeaIce!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 11 a.m. CST
Bears In a Warming World (Zoo audience) - Climate change isn’t only impacting polar bears, it has an effect on all bear species. Join our experts to discuss how pandas, Andean, sloth, and sun bears are also being impacted by the changing climate.

WEEK FOUR, NOVEMBER 10 - 14, CONNECTING ECOSYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD 

Partner: TakingITGlobal
Show Host: Terry Godwaldt (Taking IT Global)
Special Guests: Geoff York and Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International); Dr. Stephen Petersen (Assiniboine Park Zoo/Internationall Polar Bear Conservation Centre); Dr. Jennifer Kay (University of Colorado)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 10 a.m. CST
Connecting Ecosystems Around the World: What do the rainforest and the tundra have in common? What are apex predators and where do they live? Explore the interconnectedness of the Arctic, how this compares to other ecosystems, and how one small change in the web can have serious consequences.

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 12:30 p.m. CST
Marine Mammal Conservation and Education (Zoo audience): How can captive marine mammals help educate the public about conservation efforts? Will viewing these animals really help people feel more connected to the wild and more likely to take action? Join our panel, which includes Stephen Petersen, head of conservation and research at Assiniboine Park Zoo, to discuss why zoos play such an important role in conservation.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2:30 p.m. CST
Canada’s Icon: Canada is home to two–thirds of the world’s polar bears. How do Canadians view polar bears, and what are we doing about their situation?

We're grateful to our Platinum Sponsor, Frontiers North Tundra Buggy Adventure. Generous support has also been provided by explore.org, the philanthropic media organization and multi-media arm of The Annenberg Foundation, as part of its Pearls of the Planet initiative, a variety of live feeds that aim to help people fall in love with the world again.

Special thanks also to Julene Reed, an Apple Distinguished Educator and PBI Education Advisory Council member, who directs the Tundra Connections program, and to Parks Canada, Google Street View, Discovery Education, The Centre for Global EducationTakingITGlobal, and Canada Goose.

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