Live cam footage courtesy of explore.org, Polar Bears International and Frontiers North Adventures

Every year from late October to late November, hundreds of polar bears gather along the banks of the Hudson Bay, waiting for sea ice to form so they can hunt for seals.

This sourthern-most population of polar bears consists of about 1,000 bears, and experts believe it’s in its final decades of existence as the animals are dependent upon increasingly unpredictable sea ice patterns.

Now, anyone with an Internet connection can watch these animals as they congregate around Churchill, Manitoba, the “Polar Bear Capital of the World.”

Explore.org, in partnership with Polar Bears International and Frontiers North Adventures, affixed live high-definition cameras to a makeshift lodge and a roving media studio.

The philanthropic media organization also recently launched new technology that lets users capture screenshots from its live cameras.

The feature has already generated more than 350,000 “snapshots,” and explore.org is meeting with scientists to determine how users’ observations can be most useful to researchers.

In addition to the cameras, Polar Bears International is working with Churchill locals to monitor the health and movements of the bears.

Frontiers North Adventures, which operates the buggies where the cameras are installed, has also launched a mobile app that allows users to collect data from the field and share their observations.

Fore more information on the polar bear migration, visit explore.org.

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