18 May 2011 Bears of the Last Frontier: Coming to a Screen Near You Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | Leave a comment | Share: Bear Awareness Week continues! And you can celebrate from the comfort of your own couch, thanks to a new PBS NATURE series. Bears of the Last Frontier follows adventurer and bear biologist Chris Morgan on a year-long motorcycle odyssey deep into Alaska’s bear country to explore the amazing resiliency and adaptability of these majestic animals as they struggle to make a living in five dramatically diverse Alaskan ecosystems: coastal, urban, mountain, tundra, and pack ice. Three of the eight bear species in the world – brown bears, black bears, and polar bears – can be found in Alaska. Part 3 of this series – Arctic Wanderers – will follow bears on Alaska’s North Slope. Featuring the National Petroleum Reserve – Alaska (NPR-A), this episode will look at how the Reserve is one of our nation’s best-kept wild secrets – featuring the vast wilderness, Alaskans that live and subside upon its land and waters, and the diverse populations of wildlife that call the Reserve home. These special areas of the Reserve deserve the strongest possible protections – wildlife, and the surrounding communities that call the Reserve home depend upon its future. Celebrate Bear Awareness Week with friends and attend a Bears of the Last Frontier public screening! To see a showing near you, visit alaskawild.org/nature. Or if you want to catch the segment on your own TV, PBS Nature airs Sunday 8/7 CT (check your local listings to be sure). Help Save Polar Bears Your adoption will help us fight to protect vital polar bear habitat like the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and Chukchi Sea from oil drilling and other development, and work with Arctic villages to create “bear smart” programs to reduce human-bear conflicts. Save Something Wild! Visit our Wildlife Adoption Center to adopt a polar bear or one of our 26 other imperiled animals today! Get the Bear Facts Download our Saving America’s Bears fact sheet to learn about the threats facing bears in the United States today, what Defenders of Wildlife is doing to protect them—and what you can do to help. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?