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International Polar Bear Day Everyone Is Invited

February 28, 2015, 2:00pm Explore More Collections

Event Details: Explore More Collections 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 28 Activities included with Museum admission Polar bears live in very harsh climates, so their bodies adapt to keep them warm all year round. Join us in the Explore More Collections lab to discover more about this amazing creature and learn ways we can help this endangered animal. At 11:00 a.m., join us in Windows on Tryon on Level 2 for a special presentation on polar bear conservation from Dr. Steven C. Amstrup, chief scientist and vice president of conservation science for Polar Bears International. He also is an adjunct professor at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Before joining PBI, Amstrup was a research wildlife biologist with the United States Geological Survey at the Alaska Science Center, where he led polar bear research in Alaska for 30 years. He will talk about his fieldwork in Alaska, the urgent challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic and the part each of us can play in stopping climate change. Discovery Place is one of more than 40 leading museums, zoos and aquariums that belong to PBI's Arctic Ambassador Center. As an Ambassador, Discovery Place teaches guests how they can help protect polar bears through the practice of conservation. For instance, did you know that saving energy produced by carbon-based fuels reduces our carbon emissions? Conserving energy can slow and even reverse global warming, which causes sea ice to melt. Polar bears require sea ice for reaching their prey, and without it, cannot survive. Take a look at polar bear artifacts including a skull, claw, fur and tooth to see how these bears were built for the cold. Check out GPS-tracking radio collars to find out how and why scientists study the bears using this technology. We also will have some giveaways from Polar Bears International and you can make a polar bear hat to take home.

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