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Arctic Documentary Project In Action
three polar bears walking on the ice

The Arctic Documentary Project has partnered with Polar Bears International to document and archive stills and video footage of the changes taking place in the Arctic. This project aims to preserve an Arctic record for future generations and bring about awareness of the extraordinary changes taking place in the North. Polar Bears International has access to all materials produced, and the imagery is available for other scientific and educational uses, determined on a case-by-case basis.

polar bears

Polar Bears International’s Arctic Ambassador Center Network includes zoos, aquariums, and wildlife parks that share their commitment to polar bear conservation. Based in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, these centers work with Polar Bears International collaboratively on research, education, and action programs that address the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic. All media materials produced by the Arctic Documentary Project are available to these partners free of charge. The Arctic Documentary Project has contributed media for exhibits and promotional materials to numerous Arctic Ambassador Centers, including Toronto Zoo, San Diego Zoo, North Carolina Zoo, Oakland Zoo, The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, Utah’s Hogle Zoo, Oregon Zoo, Vienna Zoo, Hellabrunn Zoo, Zoo Hannover, and others.

Polar Bears International Annual Newsmaazine cover page

Polar Bears International’s Annual Newsmagazine takes you to the front lines of polar bear research and conservation, immersing you in the polar bear’s world. Through stories and photos, this publication shares insights on polar bears and takes you on a visual journey through one of the most remarkable places on Earth. The Arctic Documentary Project typically donates most of the photos that are used in this yearly publication, including the cover. The magazine has been in publication since 2010 and was formerly known as the Tundra Times. 

polar bears international house

Every year, polar bears gather near Churchill, Manitoba to wait for the sea ice to return. And every year, scientists, photographers, tourists, and members of the media gather there, too—to learn first-hand about the challenges the bears face in a warming climate. As polar bear central, Churchill has long served as a launch pad for Polar Bears International's conservation and outreach efforts. The Polar Bears International House, set in Churchill, serves as a public center where people can come in and learn about polar bears and polar bear research. In support of Polar Bears International's efforts to educate the public, the Arctic Documentary Project has donated images for the floor-to-ceiling panels displayed throughout the house.

cover of Nature magazine with a polar bear on it

Publications like the journal Nature use images from the Arctic Documentary Project when covering issues like the impacts of climate change on polar bears. Nature is the foremost international weekly scientific journal in the world and is the flagship journal for Nature Portfolio. It publishes the finest peer-reviewed research in all fields of science and technology on the basis of its originality, importance, interdisciplinary interest, timeliness, accessibility, elegance and surprising conclusions. This polar bear image on the cover of the December 2010 issue was featured to call attention to a research letter written by Dr. Steven Amstrup discussing how greenhouse gas mitigation can reduce sea ice loss and increase polar bear persistence. 

scientific presentations and research papers

The Arctic Documentary Project participates in and supports ongoing research on how climate change affects polar bears and all things in the Arctic. Several leading scientists have used images produced by the Arctic Documentary Project in their scientific presentations and papers to educate the public on this subject.

polar bear in the water

ADP materials can be found in numerous books– and the list is growing–relating to climate change and the Arctic. Here are just a few; check them out! 

Polar Bears: The Natural History of a Threatened Species by Ian Stirling 

Ice Bear: The Cultural History of an Arctic Icon by Michael Engelhard 


Ethology and Behavioral Ecology of Sea Otters and Polar Bears (Ethology and Behavioral Ecology of Marine Mammals) published by Springer. 

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