CHURCHILL, CANADA (February 13, 2020) — For the 8th annual year, the Northern Lights Live Camera is broadcasting the aurora borealis, powered by Polar Bears International, the only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to wild polar bears and Arctic sea ice, and explore.org, the largest live nature network in the world. The live cam is located at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, near the aurora oval — one of the best places on earth to view the aurora borealis, the spectacular atmospheric phenomenon better known as the northern lights.
“Polar Bears International works to preserve polar bears and their unique Arctic habitat, which is also home to the aurora borealis,” said Krista Wright, Executive Director of PBI. “We’re connecting dots between people and polar bears, a species on the frontlines of climate change. What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic, so we’re excited to share the northern lights to inspire viewers around the globe to care about this remarkable ecosystem.”
For a moment of zen, watch the northern lights here. And stay tuned for a few live chats about the northern lights streaming LIVE from Churchill, Manitoba throughout the season. The lights are typically seen during the night when it’s darkest, generally 10:00pm – 4:00am ET from now through March on explore.org. Viewers can expect to see waves of green, purple, pink and other hues across the sky. The bright dancing lights of the aurora are actually collisions between electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere.
This marks the first season in which the Polar Bears International (PBI) House will be open during the Northern Lights tourism season in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Centrally located on Main Street, the center is open to the public from 1:00pm – 5:00pm CT Monday – Saturday or by appointment. Educational tours are available for groups and will focus on what polar bears are doing this time of year and the importance of denning during the winter months for polar bear mothers and cubs. The PBI House opened in November 2019 and has already hosted over 2,000 visitors. You can read more here about what it’s like to be in Churchill and experience the phenomenon at this time of year!
The Northern Lights Cam is one of three live cameras presented by PBI and explore.org. Every summer, viewers can enjoy the Beluga Whale Cam, with views above and below the Hudson Bay’s water, and can participate in the Beluga Bits Citizen Science project. Polar Bear Cam happens every fall, during the annual polar bear migration through Churchill, offering an unprecedented view into wild polar bears in their natural setting. Because of climate change, the ice-free season in the Churchill area is nearly a month longer than it was during the 1980s. As a result, the Western Hudson Bay polar bear population has dropped by 30 percent. The three live cams, combined with the Tundra Connections educational webcasts, collectively reached more than 9.8 million people last year.
About Polar Bears International
Polar Bears International’s mission is to conserve polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Through media, science, and advocacy, we work to inspire people to care about the Arctic, the threats to its future, and the connection between this remote region and our global climate. PBI is the only nonprofit organization dedicated solely to wild polar bears and Arctic sea ice, and our staff includes scientists who study wild polar bears. The organization is a recognized leader in polar bear conservation. For more information, visit www.polarbearsinternational.org.
Founded in 2004 by Charles Annenberg Weingarten, Director and Vice President of the Annenberg Foundation, explore.org is a philanthropic multimedia organization with a mission to champion the selfless acts of others and create a portal into the natural world. With almost 200 live streaming cameras, explore.org is the largest live nature network in the world.
Annie Edwards, for Polar Bears International
Melissa Hourigan, for Polar Bears International
Emily Berlin, PR for explore.org
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