Polar bear birth live webcam

This video is called Polar Bears and [Arctic] Global Warming.

Polar bear Tania in Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands is pregnant.

She is in a special pregnancy room where no one can disturb her.

There is a webcam of Tania’s pregnancy room.

This is the first time ever in any zoo that a polar bear’s pregnancy, and maybe later the birth of one or more cubs, can be seen on the Internet.

Update 19 January 2010: here.

Arctic polar bears imperilled by man-made pollution: here.

New genetic evidence shows polar bears withstood a very warm interglacial period 44,000 years ago: here.

Polar Bears Evolved Just 150,000 Years Ago: here.

Bear biologist Professor Lynn Rogers has placed a webcam into the den of a pregnant wild black bear living in the woods of northern Minnesota, US: here.

FROM THE DOCK of British Columbia’s Hartley Bay, guide Marvin Robinson looks across the waters of the Douglass Channel to Gribbell Island. The 96-square-mile island—thickly forested in hemlock, cedar and fir—is home to the world’s highest concentration of the rare “spirit bear”—a pale color variant of the American black bear. Long revered by the First Nations of British Columbia, scientists dubbed it the Kermode bear in 1905 after one of the first scientists to study the species, Francis Kermode: here.

A possible new solution to a 163-year-old biology puzzle – why animals grow bigger in cold climates – may have been found, according to researchers who say ecological factors can now be added to physiological ones: here.

The rapid melting of the Arctic sea-ice is one of the most alarming examples of the looming climate change catastrophe. But where most see disaster, some of the world’s richest corporations see a business opportunity: here.

3 thoughts on “Polar bear birth live webcam

  1. California considers dramatically expanding the number of black bears hunters can kill

    By Paul Rogers


    Posted: 02/02/2010 06:58:44 PM PST
    Updated: 02/03/2010 07:36:30 AM PST

    (Karen T. Borchers)

    Watch out, Smokey. Keep your head down, Yogi.

    Saying that California’s black bear population has quadrupled in the past 25 years, state Fish and Game Department officials are drafting new rules that could increase the number of black bears killed by hunters each year in the state by 50 percent or more.

    The proposal also would allow hunters for the first time to use global positioning system devices on the collars of hounds that they use to track bears, along with automatic triggers that alert hunters when their dogs have treed a bear.

    State hunting managers say the rules — which would increase the current limit of 1,700 killed annually — would offer more people the opportunity to hunt and wouldn’t significantly affect the health or size of the overall black bear population in California, now at 38,000. The growing bear population also is increasingly causing problems, they note.

    “There are more reported incidents of bears causing private property damage,” said Doug Updike, a wildlife biologist with the state Department of Fish and Game. “People are moving into bear habitat, and we have more bears that are more widely distributed. We are having more interactions between bears and people.”

    But animal rights groups promise to fight the proposed new rules, starting Thursday when the state Fish and Game Commission holds a hearing in Sacramento. A final vote is expected April 21.

    “It’s an extreme plan. We are
    strong opponents of hound hunting of bears, and consider it unfair and inhumane to chase bears with packs of dogs, drive them up trees and then shoot them in the trees,” said Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States.

    “What they’ve done here is to make it even more lopsided by proposing to allow GPS equipment to be used and to expand the hunt.”

    The American black bear is the smallest and most common type of bear in the United States. It is found from Maine to California, and typically weighs as much as 500 pounds. Black bears have a mostly vegetarian diet and have never killed anyone in California.

    Their more voracious, meat-eating cousins, grizzly bears, went extinct in California after the last one was shot in 1922.

    Under current state hunting laws, black bear hunting season in California typically begins each fall. It ends every year when hunters either report up to 1,700 black bears killed or when the last Sunday in December arrives. Sometimes the annual number is larger — it was 2,028 in 2008, for example — because of the lag time between kills and paperwork being completed.

    The proposal from Fish and Game staff offers various options to increase the total quota, with one option suggesting it go to 2,500 killed a year, and another suggesting there be no limit set.

    The proposal also would expand bear hunting into San Luis Obispo, Inyo, Modoc and Lassen counties. Although there is no bear hunting allowed in the Bay Area, it is legal in most of Northern California from Sacramento to the Oregon border, throughout the Sierra Nevada and across rural Southern California’s mountains from the Santa Barbara area to San Bernardino.

    Hunting groups say they support expanding bear hunting.

    “In places like South Lake Tahoe, bears are knocking down front doors and coming into cabins. It happened to a friend of ours. A bear opened his refrigerator,” said Bill Gaines, president of the California
    Outdoor Heritage Alliance. “The number of complaints about bears is off the charts.”

    Gaines noted that Fish and Game biologists have shown that even by expanding the number of animals killed, it will have no significant effect on the overall population, which the department estimates has grown from about 10,000 in the mid-1980s to about 38,000 today.

    “The regulations are based on solid science. We can’t start managing our wildlife based on emotions,” he said.

    Gaines, who said he shot a 300-pound black bear in November in Mendocino County and still has 40 pounds of its meat in his freezer, ready for stew, also noted that California already has some of the stronger bear hunting rules in the nation. Hunters are allowed to kill only one a year, cannot use traps, and cannot kill cubs under 50 pounds, for example.

    But Pacelle, of the Humane Society, said that Washington and Oregon voters banned the use of hounds in the 1990s for bear hunting. He said if the California Fish and Game Commission widens the hunt, his group will put a measure on the California ballot by 2012 to ban hound hunting of bears.

    He noted that since the 1990s, his organization has never lost a ballot fight in California, banning mountain lion hunting twice, leg hold traps, slaughter of horses for human food, and confined cages for farm animals.

    “We’ve won five in a row, and I have no doubt that if we had a ballot measure banning hound hunting of bears, we’d win by a large margin,” he said.

    Contact Paul Rogers at 408-920-5045.



  2. Dear Friend of Wildlife,

    A mother polar bear emerges from her den with her two small cubs. After the long winter, she begins desperately searching for food. Sadly, she finds the ice from which she hunts is thinner and less abundant than in years past. Hungry and weak, she dives into the open water. But with ice floes few and far between, will she have enough energy to secure food for her young? Will her cubs starve as mealtimes become less and less frequent?

    Polar bear mother and cubs

    Your support can help polar bears — just
    like this mother and her cubs — survive
    the grim circumstances they face.

    Please donate TODAY.

    The outlook for this polar bear and many others like her is bleak. The combination of near-record Arctic sea-ice loss due to global warming and continued development of oil and gas in the middle of critical habitat is spelling double trouble for Alaska’s polar bears. They need your help now, more than ever.

    National Wildlife Federation needs your help to accomplish these 3 things to give polar bears a fighting chance:

    1. Expand the area proposed for critical polar bear habitat from the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and the Beaufort Sea out to 200 miles.
    2. Enforce compliance of the Endangered Species Act laws that protect polar bear habitat by closely monitoring oil and gas development and other disturbances.
    3. Pass strong energy and climate change legislation to reduce global warming pollution, promote clean energy and invest in strategies to help safeguard wildlife.

    We know what must be done in order to protect these amazing animals, we just need your help.

    Polar bears are fighting as hard as they can, but
    they won’t be able to save themselves. They are relying on you to protect their habitat and to speak on their behalf.

    Without you, polar bears like the mother and her cubs mentioned might not live to see another year. You can make a difference in the lives of polar bears and so many other amazing species when you donate to NWF today.

    On behalf of wildlife all across America and the future generations you are protecting them for, thank you for your support.


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