The Polar Bear Scientists

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The Polar Bear Scientists

By Peter Lourie

Houghton Mifflin, Hardcover, 9780547283050, 80pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2012

Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures.It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter, tranquilize them, give them tattoo ID numbers and tags, and collect data such as height, weight, and body fat measurements and samples such as blood, hair, feces, and even teeth. All this information goes into a
large database studied by scientists such as Drs. Steven Amstrup and George Durner, the former and current leaders of the Polar Bear Research Project. For more than forty years, scientists have been capturing bears in order to get information. What has this information been telling scientists about polar bears and global warming?

About the Author
Peter Lourie is the author and photographer of "Whaling Season, "which received two starred reviews, and "The Manatee Scientists." Peter lives inVermont with his family and he is an avid traveler. Hevisited Alaska numerous times to write and shoot photos for"ThePolar Bear Scientists "and has been traveling to Africa to work on his next book about theLeakey family.

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Praise For The Polar Bear Scientists

"The full-color photographs are nothing short of stunning."--School Library Journal

"An informative, vicarious trip to the Arctic for polar bear enthusiasts and future scientists."--Booklist