Mid-way through our stay in Churchill we discovered that Ian Stirling was coming to town and would be giving a lecture on polar bears and climate change the night we were scheduled to return home. This was one of those moments you’re thrilled that your train is 7 hours delayed! Ian Stirling is a renowned scientist who has been studying polar bears and Arctic ecology for more than 30 years. Thanks to train delays, we were able to attend Ian’s lecture. When Ian saw Chuck in the audience he told a story about how Chuck once led him into a bear den… while the bear was still in the den.
Here are some video clips (2 parts) of the lecture. These are some general facts about polar bears, their reproductive cycles, and their place in the food chain.
Ian Stirling Lecture Part 1
Ian Stirling Lecture Part 2