What if you Shared Your Town with a Thousand Migrating Polar Bears Each Year? That’s What Happens in Churchill, Manitoba, which Attracts Tourists Around the World to Witness this Extraordinary Event Ric Speaks with Wildlife Biologist Don Moore About this Amazing Migration (Documented in Smithsonian Channel’s Polar Bear Town) and the Dangers Polar Bears Face Due to Climate Change

Every fall, approximately 10,000 tourists from around the world descend on “The Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill, Manitoba. This community of about 800 people in Northern Canada hosts the annual migration of more than 1,000 hungry polar bears that pass through town as they wait for the Bay ice to return. The new Smithsonian Channel docu-series Polar Bear Town premieres Wednesday November 16th at 8pm ET/PT documents a season in Churchill, following this amazing interaction of human and four-legged animals as they collide in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways.

One of the experts featured in the series is Certified Wildlife Biologist Dr. Don Moore. Dr. Moore — who currently works as Director of the Oregon Zoo — has been training the next generation of animal care professionals and conservation biologists, studying animal behavior in zoos and nature, and creating conservation management plans for wild animals for more than 30 years. Dr. Moore can discuss this extraordinary annual migration, the dangers it poses, and what viewers can expect to see in Polar Bear Town. He can also discuss the dangers that polar bear populations are facing with climate change.


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