Global warming is melting the polar ice caps, robbing the bears of the ice floes they need to hunt prey. As the annual sea ice melts, polar bears are forced ashore to spend their summers fasting. If the Arctic ice cap continues to melt sooner and form later, polar bears will become too thin to reproduce. According to University of Alberta researcher Andrw Derocher, females are 30 to 40 kilograms lighter than they were in the early 1980s. And they’re producing fewer cubs.
While Karen operated the life-like bear costume, made by Puppet Farm Arts and complete with levers to manipulate the front paws and face, Susan and Marlee handed out postcards, books and bookmarks with information about the polar bear. They were also encouraging people to sign Nature Canada’s petition calling for action to reduce the effects of climate change on polar bear habitat.
A big thank you to Karen, Marlee and Susan for your volunteer efforts and for spreading the word!
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