Tundra Buggy

Rigged with a live camera, the Tundra Buggy roves the tundra in Churchill, Manitoba, tracking polar bears and other native species during daylight hours. Best viewed from 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. central time, this footage is brought to you courtesy of Explore.org, Polar Bears International, and Frontiers North Adventures. It is part of explore.org's Pearls of the Planet series of live cams created to help people fall in love with the world again.

Every year from late October until mid to late November, the southern-most population of polar bears on the planet gathers on the banks of the SW Hudson Bay to await the formation of sea ice and the start of seal hunting season. With a complete dependence on the increasingly unpredictable sea ice patterns, this sub-population in the neighborhood of 1,000 bears is thought by experts to be in its final decades of existence. The migration has become ground zero for climate experts, biologists and other scientists and the surrounding tourism is the bedrock of the local economy in neighboring Churchill, Manitoba.

Thanks to investment in technology and communications infrastructure by explore.org, a philanthropic media organization and division of the Annenberg Foundation, LIVE video of the migration season is now also accessible to anyone with an internet connection. The group, in partnership with Polar bears International and Frontiers North Adventures has affixed live HD cams and streaming capabilities to a makeshift lodge and a roving media studio that moves along the banks of the Hudson. The content is delivered using a complex network of microwave uplinks, radio relays and cams controlled remotely by operators spread throughout the country.

Polar Bear Highlights

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