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Tyro to present about The Polar Bear Connection


November 15, 2018

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Chuck Jonkel studied polar bears in the Arctic.

SEELEY LAKE – Dr. Frank Tyro, the director of the film "Walking Bear Comes Home" about the life of Chuck Jonkel, is returning to Seeley Lake to present more detail about the Great Bear Foundation's Arctic Field Course in Churchill, Manitoba, the Polar Bear Capitol of the world. Presented by Clearwater Resource Council, Tyro's presentation, titled Montana to Manitoba: The Polar Bear Connection, is on Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 p.m. at the Seeley Lake Historical Museum and Visitors' Center.

Tyro is just completing his 41st visit to Churchill. He will present surprising information about Montana's aquatic, geographic, human and animal connections to Churchill, Manitoba, located on the Hudson Bay in northern Manitoba. He will also have information on the status of travel to Churchill and how you can join the Great Bear's Arctic Ecology Field Courses in 2019.

The fall polar bear trips coincide with peak polar bear season in Churchill, as the bears migrate to Cape Churchill, waiting for the first sea ice to form, to break their summer fast. When the ice forms, the bears can return to the ice to hunt their staple food, the ringed seal.

Their October course offers an overview of arctic ecology with a focus on polar bears, while the November course sheds light on how humans and polar bears share habitat. All field courses primarily focus on observing polar bears in their natural habitat, while minimizing our impacts on the bears and their habitat. Evening lectures, slide shows and guest speakers complement the field observations.

Tyro's presentation is free. Everyone is welcome.


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