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Polar Life Sciences Websites

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Access the following web sites for information that relates to "Polar Life Sciences".

Polar Bears:

Polar Bears International (USA)
Features: educational materials and resources, video, satellite tracking maps, polar bear webcam, links and much more!

Notes: A good place to start is the Polar Bear FAQ (http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/faq/), the next level of information is ‘Bear Facts’, and for the really detailed information check out ‘Polar Bears in Depth’. Another good reference for up to the date topics is ‘Ask the Experts’.  Also, there are videos to watch that put the scientists on film (http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/in-the-news/polar-bear-scientists-on-film/)

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Polar Bear Specialist Group (IUCN Species Survival Commission)
Features: Links, resources and polar bear FAQ, publications and meeting reports, maps and more

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Report: Proceedings of the 14th Working Meeting (2005)
Report: Proceedings of the 13th Working Meeting (2001)

To order a hardcopy or download a PDF of the PBSG/IUCN publications, go to one of the following addresses and search for 'polar bear':

Polar Bear Tracker (WWF & Norwegian Polar Institute)
Features: Range maps with satellite signals from individual bears, general polar bear resources, threats to polar bears and more

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Polar Bear Cam (National Geographic)
Features: video highlights from past years, photos and wallpapers, forum, maps and general polar bear information

Notes: You need RealPlayer to view the video.

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Penguin World (Dr. Lloyd Davis, University of Otago, New Zealand)
Features: Species information and distribution map, Ask Dr. Penguin, books, Penguin Reference Database, news

Notes: This is the website of Ends of the Earth’s penguin advisor, Dr. Lloyd Davis

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Penguin Science (David Ainley, PhD, H.T. Harvey & Associates – Ecological Consultants, USA)

Features/Topics: Penguin Cam, climate change, research data and reports, video, educational DVD coming soon, educational materials and resources, glossary and much more!

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New Zealand Penguins (Dr. Dave Houston, Department of Conservation in Wellington, New Zealand)
Features: species information, threats and conservation, research, webcams, FAQ, games, links and more

Notes: Check out the Penguin FAQ and the colony of penguins that Houston advises to (Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony)

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Adélie Penguin Research (Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, New Zealand)
Features: resources, research, satellite imagery, behaviour, photos, Antarctic information and more

Notes: This site is very good at describing how the penguin research is conducted.

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Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust
Features: Yellow-eyed penguin resources and information, educational material, threats and conservation work

Quote: “In 1987 Dunedin conservationists formed the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust with the aim of saving the penguin by restoring coastal forest and controlling predators. The penguin is the focus but the Trust's efforts also benefit other native species of plant and animal.”

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IPCWG-International Penguin Conservation Working Group
Features: Species, threats, map, links and much more!

Quote: “The IPCWG was formed in September 2000, following the 4th International Penguin Conference, in order to address mounting threats to penguin populations world-wide. It is made up of penguin biologists, research institutes, zoos and aquaria, and other international organizations working in the field of penguin conservation, research and education.”

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Arctic Whale Information (American Cetacean Society, USA)
Features: physical descriptions, distribution and range maps, feeding and reproduction, status, references, photos, PDF fact sheets

Notes: the map on the narwhale page is wrong; narwhal is pronounced "Nar-whale"


Tracking Narwhals in Greenland 2006-2007 (NOAA-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ocean Explorer, USA)
Features: Photos (tags, narwhals), satellite tracking maps, educational material, narwhal biology, researcher biographies and more

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Other Animals :

Notes: Many of the general polar sites listed above, have very good wildlife resources on their sites.

Walrus Research Projects (Alaska Science Center, U.S. Geological Survey)
Features: Satellite tracking animations, research data, PDFs, walrus information and links

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Walrus (US Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska)
Features: Reports, biology information, links

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Ringed Seals: Beaufort Sea Seals Research and Monitoring
Features: photos, satellite tracking, maps and distribution, research data, threats and conservation, links

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NMML-National Marine Mammal Laboratory (Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NOAA-National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service, USA)

Notes: Look up Arctic marine species here

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Tiktaalik roseae Discovery Site (University of Chicago)
Features: Video animations, photos, researcher biographies, history, fossil information, links and more

Notes: Tiktaalik is a fossil discovered in Nunavut, Canada.  It represents an animal that was part way between a fish and a tetrapod (four-legged animal).

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Endoliths: Microbes Living within Rocks (Carleton College, USA)
Quote: “Cryptoendoliths are endoliths that live in rock on the Earth's surface. Cryptoendolithic lichen communities are the dominant form of cryptoendolithic life and have been found in the dry valleys of Antarctica. These communities grow in porous rocks such as sandstone. Due to their tolerance for extreme conditions, cryptoendoliths have stimulated interest in exobiology, or the idea that life can exist on other planets.”

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