This is a 2016 Arctic wildlife video.
This is another Arctic wildlife video, about Alaska.
From Associated Press:
03/18/2010 12:00 CDT
Arctic animals doing better, but not close to pole
By Seth Borenstein
WASHINGTON — The overall number of animals in the Arctic has increased over the past 40 years ago, according to a new international study. But those who live closest to the North Pole are disappearing.
The report by the United Nations and other groups released Wednesday at a conference in Miami concludes that birds, mammals and fish have increased by about 16 percent since 1970. That’s mostly because of decades-old hunting restrictions. The number of geese have about doubled. Marine mammals, such as certain whales, are also rebounding.
The biggest improvement was in the lower regions of the Artic, where the number of animals, especially those that live in the water, are up about 46 percent.
Pro caribou petition: here.
“What we’re seeing is that there’s winners and losers with rapid changes in the Arctic,” said Mike Gill, a Canadian government researcher and study co-author. He’s chairman of the international Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program, which organized the study.
Study author Louise McRae, a conservation biologist at the Zoological Society of London, said the drop in the High Arctic was most worrisome. That is ‘s because that region is the area where global warming occurs fastest and is projected to worsen, so the pressure on species will only increase, she added.
There’s not enough evidence yet to blame global warming for the loss of species, but what is happening, is “largely in line with what would be predicted with climate change,” Gill said.
The area with the biggest losses also has sea ice shrinking faster than predicted, and species like polar bears and whales called narwhals are dependent on sea ice, the report said.
The study compared how species were doing in the Arctic parts of three oceans. Species living in the Arctic portion of the Pacific Ocean were doing far better than they used to, while those in the northern parts of the Atlantic and the Arctic Ocean were not changed much over time, the report said.
Animals doing better include bowhead whales, white-tailed eagles, and the Atlantic Puffin. Those doing worse include the Atlantic cod, lemmings, the brown bear and the polar bear in the western Hudson Bay. The data on polar bears elsewhere isn’t good enough to make any conclusions.
See also here.
How Will Climate Change Affect Arctic Migrations? Here.
Polar bear evolution and climate: here.
Zoologger: Lemmings swap suicide for infanticide: here.
January 2012. The world’s largest reindeer herd has plummeted in size, with local indigenous people blaming the spread of massive industrial projects in the area. The George River herd, which once numbered 8-900,000 animals, stands today at just 74,000 – a drop of up to 92%: here.