Natural Habitat Adventures, a leader in responsible wildlife tourism and conservation travel partner of World Wildlife Fund, has announced it will host a Special Expedition: Polar Bears in a Changing Arctic, a first-of-its-kind field education opportunity from October 14-20, 2019 in Churchill, Manitoba.
This exclusive departure of the ecotourism company’s 7-day Classic Polar Bear Adventure will take travelers into the polar bear’s wild tundra habitat along Hudson Bay, but with an experiential twist: the event will also take a deep dive into the complex issues surrounding conservation, climate change and Arctic ecology via conversations with a slate of special guests including Nobel Laureate Paul Romer and WWF global climate expert Brad Schallert.
Joined by Nat Hab President Ben Bressler, Romer and Schallert will accompany guests as they traverse the tundra in custom-built Polar Rovers in search of polar bears, the top carnivore in this fragile Arctic habitat. In the evenings, conversation will carry on in Churchill with presentations and discussions led by special guests.
Bressler, founder of Nat Hab, will address the positive impact 30 years of polar bear tourism has had on the remote community of Churchill. Romer, co-recipient of the 2018 Nobel Prize in Economics and a professor at New York University, will speak from his expertise on how technological innovation can, in conjunction with government policy, create long-term sustainable economic growth in the face of a warming climate. Schallert will discuss sustainability challenges and achievements in a warming North.
Complete with a visit to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre—a field station and LEED Silver facility focused on scientific and social research in the subarctic—this experiential and intellectual expedition is sure to invigorate the hearts and minds of avid nature travelers, polar bear enthusiasts and conservationists alike.
For more information about Natural Habitat Adventures’ nature expeditions around the world, visit www.nathab.com
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