PABLO – Here’s a chance to learn about an animal few people get to see in the wild.
Frank Tyro’s seen hundreds of them there.
Tyro, a professor and director of the Salish Kootenai College Media Center, will present a program on polar bears Friday, Feb. 7, on the SKC campus.
The talk takes place at noon at the Johnny Arlee/Victor Charlo Theatre.
Tyro has made 34 trips to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears congregate each fall, traveling with bear expert Charles Jonkel of Missoula on Jonkel’s Great Bear Foundation trips.
He will relate stories of those trips, and let you in on things you may not know, such as the fact that polar bear skin is black and their fur not white, but clear hollow tubes that reflect light and make them such good swimmers.
The talk will cover not only the polar bears of Churchill but military and cultural history, arctic ecology and conservation issues. It is free, and will last approximately one hour.