Polar bear sow and two cubs, Alaska © naturepl.com / Steven Kazlowski / WWF-Canon
Since 2003, the WWF Polar Bear Tracker has followed polar bears in several regions in the Arctic. Their positions are beamed from collars on the bears’ necks, via satellite to scientists, and then to this tracker.
WWF is working around the Arctic to secure a future for polar bears.
The bowhead whale is one of the longest-lived animals on earth.
This predominantly Arctic species is associated with ice floes. Its movement patterns are therefore influenced by the melting and freezing of the ice.
WWF, in collaboration with the Philippine Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), has embarked on a tuna tagging project in Coral Triangle waters to gather more data on the movements of yellowfin tuna and to identify key spawning, feeding, and nursery grounds of this commercially-valuable species.
The Viscount Melville polar bear subpopulation occupies the region north of Banks Island and Victoria Island, in the Viscount-Melville Sound and eastern portion of M’Clure Strait. The western portion of this region is in the Inuvialuit Settlement Region (NWT), and the eastern part is in Nunavut.
In recent years the sea ice in the Viscount Melville region has dramatically changed, and recent satellite imaging indicates the region is now ice free in late summer. The impact of this drastic change in habitat and environmental conditions on polar bear populations and movement patterns has yet to be studied.
In spring 2012, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Northwest Territories, with the financial support of WWF, conducted a biological field work program on this subpopulation, which involved a mark-capture inventory of all bears encountered and satellite collaring of 14 adult female polar bears.
This research is conducted by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the Northwest Territories, with the financial support of WWF.