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SUBJECT: Memorial presents lecture: On Uncertain Ice: The Polar Bears of Hudson Bay
DATE: Jan. 11, 2006

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Each fall, hundreds of polar bears gather near Churchill, Manitobaas the first ice begins to form on Hudson Bay. These remarkable predators depend on this ice for access to their primary food source – ice ringed seal. But the western Hudson Bay population of bears is in decline. Warming temperatures over the last several decades are leaving these animals with less and less time on the ice to build the vital fat reserves that must last them the rest of the year, pushing the boundaries of their superbly adapted physiology to the very limit.

Wildlife biologist, Michael Goodyear will present a lecture at Memorial University titled, Uncertain Ice: The Polar Bears of Hudson Bay on Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2006at 7 p.m. in the Inco Innovation Centre, Room 2001. Join him as he takes his audience on a visual journey to the far north to meet these polar bears and the other Arctic animals that survive in this unique ecosystem. Discover why these bears are some of the most studied in the world, and what they are telling us about the future of their Arctic habitat. Learn more about these magnificent creatures and the other marine inhabitants of Hudson Bay, including the beluga whale, ringed seal, marine birds, and fish.

Michael Goodyear is the executive director of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, a non-profit research and education facility situated along the shores of historic Hudson Bay.

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