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Denning Ecology of Northern Alaskan Polar Bears: Insights & Implications

Monday, September 23, 2013 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM

Conservation Conversations Series

Featured Speaker: Tom Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University, and Research Wildlife Biologist, Polar Bears International

In this 45 minute presentation, Dr. Smith will share his work over the past decade exploring the little known world of polar bear denning on Alaska’s North Slope. Since 2002, Dr. Smith and his crew have
studied polar bears’ maternal denning ecology—when and where dens are located, den emergence and abandonment dates, why bears remain at dens as long as they do, and how bears respond to human activity near their dens. Dr. Smith will also discuss the impact of climate change and options for polar bears in a warming world. The Zoo’s WildCare Institute
is pleased to support the important work of Dr. Smith and his crew, which will help protect and preserve polar bears for future generations.

Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.

FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.

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Date:
Monday, September 23, 2013
Time:
7:30 PM-9:00 PM
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