Arctic Awareness Week

April 13 – 20, 2013
Co-hosted by the Consulate General of Canada & University of Colorado Museum of Natural History

Ad Male Looking for Yearlings by Ian Stirling

Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
– Awesome Arctic Family Day

The Arctic is a cold and wondrous place! Learn about the peoples and animals that call this snow and ice world home. Explore how YOU are connected to the animals, cultures, and environment of the Arctic. Try on the blubber mitt; look up close at furred and feathered creatures. Build a totem pole, make finger masks to enliven the long, dark winter and make snow goggles to protect from the bright arctic sun. This special family day  will include participation by the Colorado Ocean Coalition and other local organizations that care about our Arctic connections. at University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Henderson Building, 218 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309

Tuesday, April 16, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
– Chasing Ice
—screening of award-winning documentary: Introduction and Q&A with W. Tad Pfeffer, Ph.D (featured in film) at University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, Paleontology Hall, Henderson Building, 218 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309

Wednesday, April 17, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
– Keynote presented by Ian Stirling, Ph.D, Adjunct Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alberta: Insights into Natural History of Polar Bears & Significance of Climate Change, at CU Visual Arts Complex, Room 1B20 (Lower Level), 1085 18th St., Boulder, CO 80302

•Ongoing, April 13 – 20
Arctic Environments: Past and Present:  
Black and white photos of today’s Arctic glaciers, by INSTAAR Glaciologist W. Tad Pfeffer and a fossil display of an ancient tropical Arctic environment based on the research of Curator of Paleontology Jaelyn Eberle and colleagues at  University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, BioLounge, Henderson Building, 218 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309

Learn More About Climate Change: http://learnmoreaboutclimate.colorado.edu
For further information, call 303-492-6892.

"Chasing Ice"

Introduction and Q & A following film with W. Tad Pfeffer, Ph.D. who is also featured in the film. Seating is limited.

Sundance London 2012: "Chasing Ice" April 27, 2012  . . ."Easily one of the most eagerly-anticipated films to feature in this year's inaugural Sundance London festival program was the National Geographic-funded documentary Chasing Ice (2012). Director Jeff Orlowski has painstakingly created a fascinating and powerful movie about climate change by presenting the audience with the globally important work of photographer James Balog and his Extreme Ice Survey Project—a film so eye opening and socially important that it demands to be seen.” Sundance London

‘Chasing Ice’ against the reality of melting glaciers – Boston Globe
 November 16, 2012
 “What Balog sees (and what Orlowski sees him seeing) is an epochal climatological change that is hastening toward the tipping point, if it hasn’t already gone beyond. These photographs, unfolding in time, function as both proof and relic — a record of a landscape’s memory. Behind the images lie an abiding scorn for those who are unwilling to recognize what’s happening and a lucid dread about where we’re probably heading.”

- See more at: http://www.chasingice.com/reviews/media-reviews/

More on Dr. Pfeffer: Dr. Pfeffer is a glaciologist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and professor of civil, environmental, and architectural engineering at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research areas include the mechanics and dynamics of glaciers and heat and mass transfer in snow. He has worked on glaciers for 30 years, traveling to Alaska, Arctic Canada, Greenland, Antarctica, and mountain locations in North America and Europe. He has done fieldwork on Alaska’s Columbia Glacier for two decades. Tad is also active in photography and photogrammetry of glaciers and landscapes, using imagery for both description and analysis of glacier changes. In addition to scientific publications, his photographic work has appeared in exhibitions in the Boulder/Denver area, in American Scientist, GEO (Germany), Geotimes, BBC television productions, and in the movie and book, An Inconvenient Truth, by Nobel laureate Al Gore. Tad’s book, The Opening of a New Landscape: Columbia Glacier at Mid-Retreat, was published by the American Geophysical Union in December 2007. - See more at: http://www.chasingice.com/bio/dr-tad-pfeffer/

Thin Female and Coy Homiabukta by Ian Stirling

April 17, 6:30 p.m.Insights into the Natural History of Polar Bears and the Significance of Climate Change with Dr. Ian Stirling , adjunct professor, University of Alberta Dept. of Biological Sciences and Scientist Emeritus with the Canadian Wildlife Service and one of the world's top authorities on polar bears. His research focuses mostly on Arctic and Antarctic zoology and ecology.

About the talk:
 Co-hosted by the Consulate General of Canada &
University of Colorado’s Museum of Natural History

What: Insights into the Natural History of Polar Bears and the Significance of Climate Warming, with Dr. Ian Stirling, Adjunct Professor, University of Alberta
When: April 17, 2013, 6:30 p.m
Where: CU Visual Arts Complex, Room 1B20 (Lower Level), 1085 18th St., Boulder, CO 80302
Ian Stirling with Polar Bear CubDuring his lecture, Insights into the Natural History of Polar Bears and the Significance of Climate Warming, Dr. Ian Stirling will present startling facts along with stunning Arctic photos. His concern is that climate warming is causing significant changes to the distribution and availability of sea ice at critical times of year, times when polar bears need these frozen features as platforms to hunt marine mammals—their main food supply.
Dr. Stirling will share his research highlighting the substantial negative effects of ice loss on polar bears, as well as the seals they depend on for food. These same climate change effects have been documented in Western Hudson Bay and the Southern Beaufort Sea in Canada, and are currently being documented in Svalbard—an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, constituting the northernmost part of Norway. “Similar observations will likely follow in other Arctic populations,” states Stirling,
detail from Thin Female and Coy Homiabukta by Ian Stirling“The United States is Canada’s premier partner in the Arctic, and joint efforts to monitor the environment and resource development are an increasingly important element of our collaboration in this region,” said Marcy Grossman, Consul General of Canada in Denver. “As Canada assumes chairmanship of the Arctic Council next month, we hope to continue working together on responsible Arctic resource development, development for aboriginal people of the North, safe Arctic shipping and sustainable circumpolar communities.”
Boulder already has a strong connection to the Artic. In April 2012, more than 40 Boulder-area scientists from CU, NOAA, NCAR and other organizations, traveled to Montreal in Quebec, Canada, to present at the International Polar Year (IPY) conference—the largest scientific program of Arctic and Antarctic research to date. More than 2,000 people from around the world attended the event helping to improve understanding of the poles and their linkages to global issues.
Following the lecture, Dr. Stirling will be available for a book signing of his book, “Polar Bears, The Natural History of a Threatened Species.” The cost is $40 per book; cash or checks will be accepted.

Polar bear photo by Ian Stirling

The Consulate General of Canada in Denver:
CanadaThe Consulate General of Canada in Denver represents the Government of Canada in the five-state Rocky Mountain region of Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Utah and Wyoming. Areas of operation include Trade & Investment; Political, Economic Relations & Public Affairs; and Consular Services. For more information, visit www.denver.gc.ca. For all press inquiries, contact Ladan Amirazizi, Program Manager, at 303-881-6978 (cell) or ladan.amirazizi@international.gc.ca. For more information on Canada’s work on international Arctic issues, please see Canada and the Circumpolar World.
Arctic Council: The Arctic Council is a leading intergovernmental forum where Canada advances its Arctic foreign policy and national interests as outlined in its Northern Strategy. The council was set up to promote cooperation and coordination among the Arctic states, in consultation with the Arctic’s Indigenous peoples, on common Arctic issues.
All photos by Ian Stirling