Schedule for Tundra Connections,
Fall 2014

Our live webcasts from Churchill have ended for this season.

Thank you for joining us in our broadcasts,
and please continue to use these resources.

You may watch the archived webcasts for these sessions—coming soon!

Be sure to go to Polar Bear TV and
watch the live video camera view of the polar bears!

Our webcasts were targeted to a general audience unless otherwise noted. 

WEBCAST SCHEDULE
(for the past Fall 2014 Broadcasts)


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

Registration: Register here

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 28,
11 a.m. CST
A Virtual Field Trip to the Polar Bear Capital of the WorldJoin 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 ChallengeMath 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!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30,
1:30 p.m. CST

A Virtual Field Trip to the Polar Bear Capital of the WorldJoin 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!

POLAR BEAR WEEK—TAKE THE NEXT STEP!
NOVEMBER 4–6, 2014

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)

Registration: Register here

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.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6,
12 p.m. CST
Polar Bear Play: Our Favorite Polar Bear HighlightsLive from the tundra and from our archives of polar bear footage, we explore the characteristics, habits, and behaviors of our favorite bear, the polar bear.

GLOBAL WEEK—CONNECTING ECOSYSTEMS AROUND THE WORLD

NOVEMBER 11-13, 2014 

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)

Registration: Register here

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11,
10 a.m. CST

Connecting Ecosystems Around the WorldWhat 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,
1:00 p.m. CST

The Polar Bear—Canada’s IconCanada 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?

*Registration is encouraged but not required for the Tundra Connections webcasts. The Polar Bear Cam webcasts are shorter and more casual and don't require registration.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13,
10:00 a.m. CST
Global Connections: DeforestACTION and the "Rise of the Eco Warriors"

DeforestACTION is about saving the forests in Borneo and beyond. By saving the forests, they are also saving many species that reside there, especially the orangutan. Learn about the Eco Warriors and their new movie!

LIVE CHATS

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24,
1 p.m. CST
Polar Bear Cam, Live! with Ranger RoyWelcome 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.

Show HostAlysa McCall (Polar Bears International)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25,
1:30 p.m. CST

Welcome to Buggy One! Mums and CubsAll 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.

Show Host: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International) Special GuestsWesley Larsen (Brigham Young University); Mike Lockhart (wildlife biologist)

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26,
11 a.m. CST

Alaskan Polar Bear Moms

Show Host: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International) Special GuestsWesley Larsen (Brigham Young University); Mike Lockhart (wildlife biologist)

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 31,
3 p.m. CST

Bear Talk with Chris MorganJoin us as we talk with ecologist and TV host Chris Morgan about his extensive experience with different bear species from all over the world, including western Hudson Bay polar bears.

Show HostAlysa McCall (Polar Bears International) Special Guest: Chris Morgan

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1,
11 a.m. CST

Tracking Polar Bears in Hudson BayIn the middle of winter when the polar bears are out on the sea ice, how do scientists know where they are? Discover how researchers learn about where and when polar bears move out on the sea ice by using satellite technology!

Show HostAlysa McCall (Polar Bears International) Special Guest: Chris Morgan

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2,
2 p.m. CST

Polar Bear Week and the Energy ChallengeWhat is Polar Bear Week, why should it matter, and how can you get involved? We talk about all the cool stuff coming up this week and why we’d love you to participate!

Show HostAlysa McCall (Polar Bears International) Special Guest: Chris Morgan

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3,
12 p.m. CST
Polar Bears in the Arctic, Always!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4,
11 a.m. CST
Myths and Misconceptions: Polar Bears and Climate Change

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5,
2:30 p.m. CST
Five Things You NEED to Know About Polar Bears

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8,
12 p.m. CST

For One, For AllLearn how actions that help conserve polar bears can also help the lives of thousands of other creatures, including humans!

Show Host: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9,
1 p.m. CST

Stressed Out Polar BearsHow and why do polar bears get stressed? How do scientists measure stress in animals? Join us as we learn about why it’s not just humans that are under pressure!

Show Host: Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International)