The Resource The polar bear scientists, by Peter Lourie

The polar bear scientists, by Peter Lourie

Label
The polar bear scientists
Title
The polar bear scientists
Statement of responsibility
by Peter Lourie
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"In the world there are probably fewer than 30 people who spend all or most of their effort working with polar bears. A veteran polar bear biologist, and the man in charge of Alaskan polar bear research for the past thirty years, Dr. Steven Amstrup has worked full time on polar bears since he joined the Polar Bear Project in 1980. The Polar Bear Project conducts ongoing research on polar bear populations and habitats in the Southern Beaufort Sea in Barrow, Alaska. Now under the leadership of George Durner, the Project has collected four decades of detailed, valuable data about how polar bears are responding to sea ice changes in the Arctic. This information has helped raised awareness about polar bears and their plight, and the same data may one day help scientists make new decisions for polar bear survival. Amstrup and Durner now spend most of their time 725 miles south of Barrow, Alaska at the University of Alaska, Anchorage campus, conducting research and drawing conclusions based on the discoveries that their team makes. Those scientists include polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart, based at times out of the abandoned Navy Arctic Research Laboratory in Barrow. Every spring scientists like Kristin and Mike go out for six to eightweeks to capture bears on the Southern Beaufort Sea. By capture one means "tranquilize, take samples and measurements, tag, and release" -- The Polar Bear Scientists begins on the first day of capture season and follows Kristin, Mike, and their helicopter mechanic as they fly through the skies over Barrow, looking for polar bears, and finding more water and less ice than they've seen in the past. The process of capturing polar bears is an exciting and challenging one. The polar bears have to be properly tranquilized in a safe area -- so just because the team spots a polar bear, doesn't mean they automatically try to capture it. Tranquilizing a bear too close to water or thin ice might mean the polar bear could stumble in and drown. It's also a challenge to tranq a mom bear and her babies, but when the opportunity presents itself, the team does its best to get the job done. Once they are on the ground with a captured bear, the research begins. All sorts of information and measurements are taken, blood is drawn, tags are affixed. What does it all mean? Are the polar bears getting smaller and moving further to find food every year? Is there more water and less ice than there was before? What can be done?"--
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Provided by publisher
Biography type
collective biography
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Lourie, Peter
Dewey number
599.786
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Intended audience
NC1260L
Intended audience source
Lexile
LC call number
QL737.C27
LC item number
L68 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Scientists in the field series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Polar bear
  • Biologists
  • Polar bear
  • Biologists
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The polar bear scientists, by Peter Lourie
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-[79]) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm.
Extent
80 pages
Isbn
9780547283050
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011003449
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
System control number
  • 2011003449
  • 625193
Label
The polar bear scientists, by Peter Lourie
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 78-[79]) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 x 29 cm.
Extent
80 pages
Isbn
9780547283050
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2011003449
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
System control number
  • 2011003449
  • 625193

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