wildlife biologists will appreciate the wealth of information and
amazing photos in this new picture book. Part of a series called
"Scientists in the Field," The Polar Bear Scientists follows
a team of arctic field researchers as they set out to track and tag
bears. You'll learn about the helicopter mechanic, the student interns,
and everyone whose work provides international policy makers with
important data about the health of the arctic.Recommended for ages 7
— From The Polar Bear Scientists
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-five 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 an author and photographer. He has published more than twenty books for young readers. He lives with his family in Vermont.
"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