Tundra Connections: Join us Live from the Tundra

Are you interested in taking your students to the tundra to observe polar bears?  Is that slightly out of your field trip budget?  Well, no worries.  We have once again joined forces with our friends at Polar Bears International® (PBI) to bring four incredible virtual field trips live to your desktop.

Through PBI’s Tundra Connections® you’re invited to meet and talk with some of the world’s foremost authorities on polar bears and climate change during PBI’s free Tundra Connections broadcasts.

Big names. With big stories. And big bears just outside.

PBI Tundra Connections Webcast FAQ 2012

WEEK ONE: OCTOBER 22-26
Arctic Extremes: A look at the Arctic and the adaptations needed by humans and animals to survive

  • Alysa McCall (University of Alberta, Graduate Student)
  • Brandon LaForest (York University, Graduate Student)
  • Bill Winhall (SeaWorld San Diego, Assistant Curator of Mammals)
  • Moderator: Lance Rougeux (Discovery Educator Network)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 12:30 CDT
From Top of the World: A bird’s eye view of a complex region of ice, land, animals, and cultures.
Target Audience: Grades 4-8
Register for the “From the Top of the World” webcast: http://tundraconnection1.eventbrite.com

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 12:00 CDT – JUST FOR KIDS!
All About Arctic Animals: An overview of who’s who in the Arctic and some of the facts and stories behind these amazing creatures.
Target Audience: At Large Grades 2-4
Register for the “All About Arctic Animals” webcast: http://tundraconnection5.eventbrite.com

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25 at 1:30 CDT
Arctic Adaptations: Explore the special physical and behavioral adaptations that help arctic species survive in such an extreme environment.
Target Audience: Grades 4-8
Register for the “Arctic Adaptations” webcast: http://tundraconnection2.eventbrite.com

WEEK TWO: OCTOBER 29-November 2
The Climate Connection: Climate warming and its impact on the Arctic and other marine ecosystems

  • Cecilia Bitz (University of Washington, Associate Professor Atmospheric Sciences)
  • Eric DeWeaver (National Science Foundation)
  • John Whiteman (University of Wyoming, Graduate Student)
  • Moderator: Kyle Schutt (Discovery Educator Network)

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 31 at 1:30 CDT
Ice Is Nice: Discover how sea ice plays an important role in the food web of the arctic marine ecosystem.
Target Audience: Grades 4-8
Register for the “Ice is Nice” webcast: http://tundraconnection3.eventbrite.com

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1 at 12:30 CDT
Polar Bears in a Warming World
Target Audience: Grades 4 – 8
Regsiter for the “Polar Bears in a Warming World” webcast: http://tundraconnection4.eventbrite.com

Between Polar Bears International and Discovery Education, you have a ton of great resources to use with your students in preparation for the live webcasts.  Check out this wonderful wiki that provides you with lesson ideas to accompany the webcasts – http://depbitundraconnections.wikispaces.com.  Also, don’t forget to take a look at the FAQ document before joining the webcasts: PBI Tundra Connections Webcast FAQ 2012.

 

 

Polar Bears International® is the world’s leading polar bear conservation group—dedicated to saving polar bears by saving their habitat. PBI’s focus is on research, education, and action. 

Comments

  1. Carolyn Stanley

    Hi, Lance – thanks to Porter’s heads-up, I was able to view the live webcast from the Communicators -including two Discovery Educators. It was fascinating to hear their reactions to their adventures so far and how they will have so many take-backs for their communities and hints for how every person can make a difference by practicing conservation and hopefully helping to stem the tide of global climate change, the greatest threat to the polar bears. I hope many students, educators, parents, etc. will be motivated to be more responsible global citizens as a result of your upcoming webinars.

  2. Carolyn Stanley

    So – for those of us in EST -Eastern Standard Time Zone, we would add one hour to the published time. That means 12:30 CDT would be 1:30 in EST. I hope I’m correct in this.

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