Once upon a time there was a group of Polar Bears who lived where all Polar Bears live, in the Arctic (NOT the Antarctic!). And like all Polar Bears in 2014, they are hungry. They are hungry because there is less sea ice in the Arctic than there ever has been in all the history of Polar Bears. Polar Bears need sea ice to allow them to lie in wait for their food, seals. But climate change is causing the sea ice in the Arctic to melt earlier and freeze later, so the amount of time when Polar Bears can hunt and feed is getting shorter and shorter. Now the bears have too little time each year to eat enough food to survive the lengthening Arctic summer.
Let’s take a journey of imagination and follow a group of “Polar Bears” as they try emigrating to the Antarctic, where there are no Polar Bears. The bears know that the eastern part of Antarctica is not warming, in fact it is getting colder, and that the eastern Antarctic sea ice is expanding. That would give them an excellent platform to hunt seals!
As this is a very unusual emigration, these “Polar Bears” (who look suspiciously like scientists and engineers wearing Polar Bear hats) will be fitted with GPS collars so that we can track them. The trackers are built by students in Ms. Robin Ellwood’s class at Rye Junior High School in Rye, NH; Ms. Regina Brinker’s class at Christensen Middle School in Livermore, CA; Ms. Lollie Garay’s class at Redd School in Houston, TX; Mr. John Wood’s class at Samuel E. Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, CA; Ms. Betsy Wilkening’s classes at Walter Douglas Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ; and Mr. Topher Mueller’s class at Stevenson School in Carmel, CA.
We invite you to follow the “Polar Bears” on their journey by checking in with our weekly updates on this web page.
Polar Bear AD is a mature female. She is an incredible traveler, covering great distances on foot, and is very capable and kind of quiet. AD is being tracked by Ms. Betsy Wilkening’s classes at Walter Douglas Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, and you can follow here adventures here.
Polar bear AJ is a young female. We don’t know much about her yet, and we are very curious to find out more.
Polar Bear BS is a prime male. He is always trying to do one more thing, and is a little goofy. He is an excellent father bear. BS is being followed by Ms. Betsy Wilkening’s classes at Walter Douglas Elementary School in Tuscon, AZ, and you can see where he’s been here.
Polar Bear DS is a young female. She is inexperienced but courageous, and loves the water. Her tracks can be followed here.
Polar Bear HB is a prime female. She is very social and patient and is a nurturing mother to her cubs. Ms. Lollie Garay’s class at Redd School in Houston, TX is tracking her, and you can do there same here.
Polar Bear LB is a young male. He is a “top dog”, and is highly intelligent, physically coordinated, and a little serious. He is being tracked by Robin Ellwood’s Class in Rye, NH; see LB’s GPS logs here
Polar Bear LK is a prime male. He is an “in charge” bear, though somewhat immature still.He is tracked by Ms. Robin Ellwood’s class at Rye Junior High School in Rye, NH, and you can follow him here.
Polar Bear MG is a prime male. He is almost a complete unknown, so it will be interesting to learn more about him.
Polar Bear MH is a mature male. He has a rather cantankerous nature, but is very experienced and wise at survival tactics. He has a strong play drive. He is being tracked by Lollie Garay’s class in Houston, Texas; follow him here.
Polar Bear PC is a young male. He is naïve but good at figuring things out, and can be tenacious if he does not get distracted. His tracker was built by Mr. John Wood’s class at Samuel E. Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, CA, and you can follow him here.
Polar Bear PD is a prime male. He is enigmatic, sometimes looking quite proper and other times appearing very nonchalant.
Polar Bear PM is a mature female. She is strong and excellent at foraging for food. She’s a very down-to-earth bear, and is a proven good mother. She is being tracked by Mr. Wood’s class at Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, CA; follow her here.
Polar Bear SK is a mature female. She is a leader, but also a rather anxious bear. She tries to be prepared for anything and also likes to have fun. She is being tracked by Mr. John Wood’s class at Samuel E. Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, CA, follow her here.
Polar Bear TD is a mature male. He is a “silverback” in the gorilla parlance, and is excellent at communication.