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The Polar Bear Scientists (Scientists in the Field)

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Follow scientists as they scan the Alaskan wilderness for these magnificent creatures.It is springtime on the North Slope of Alaska, and the U.S. Geological Survey team—the polar bear biologists Kristin Simac and Mike Lockhart—is gearing up for polar bear capturing. During a capture, all information is collected on the sea ice. The scientists locate bears from a helicopter ...more
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published January 10th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Dec 28, 2011 Barbara rated it really liked it
Shelves: animals, ncbla2013
I love the Scientists in the Field series because it examines the work of scientists in various locales. In this case, the focus happens to be an area that has received quite a lot of attention recently--the polar bears in the Arctic. Once the mother bears emerge from their dens with their cubs in the spring, the United States Geological Survey Team emerges from its home base to locate polar bears by helicopter. After tranquilizing, capturing, and then releasing them once samples have been taken ...more
Rachel Smith
May 22, 2017 Rachel Smith rated it really liked it
I like that this study only watches bears and takes notes, so there's no harm to the bears. It makes it more kid friendly. Love the use of pictures throughout the book.
Oct 29, 2015 NebraskaIcebergs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
The life of a polar bear scientist. The polar bears themselves. Alaska. In his recent presentation about adventure writing, Peter Laurie emphasized that appeal of his career lies in the information he learns, the people he meet, and the places he visits. The same holds true for me in my reading of his nonfiction text, Polar Bear Scientists.

What most fascinates and impresses me about the life of a polar bear scientist is the capture. First, the scientists travel by helicopter along the coast, fol
Nicole Lamb
Nov 18, 2012 Nicole Lamb rated it it was amazing
Junior Book Critique #19

The Polar Bear Scientists
By: Peter Lourie

1. Junior Book Genre: Informational

2. Brief Summary: The Polar Bear Scientists deeply describes the methods, processes, data collection techniques, reasons, and details of the scientists that tirelessly research, track and catalog Polar Bears in the Arctic. While profoundly detailing the methods of the scientists themselves this informational book also provides a plethora of facts about Polar Bears that can be found in the Arctic.
Stacey Borror
Nov 25, 2012 Stacey Borror rated it really liked it
Scientists in the Field Series
Genre – Informational (Junior Book)

How do scientists study the extraordinary species, the polar bear? Find out the techniques that scientists use each year to chart and collect data from polar bears. The polar bear species is being faced with a new danger of global warming. Learn how this may affect the habitat and life of the polar bears.

A) Information/Content
B) The book contains an abundance of information about polar bears that most people do not know any
Becky B
Peter Lourie follows around a group of scientists in northern Alaska as they catch and release polar bears to gather information on these creatures used in many scientific studies, primarily to determine the current population size and health and also the affects on them of the decrease in ice in the region in recent years.

This Scientists in the Field book does a great job of portraying realistically how much boring and tedious work scientists have to do between the really exciting bits. Lourie
Brenda Lower
Dec 23, 2013 Brenda Lower rated it really liked it
Ever wanted to study polar bears? Read in this book all about what it means to be a Polar Bear Scientist- what a normal day is like, what information you gather, and how it applies to the rest of the world.

While this book has lots of polar bears in it, the main focus is the scientists and what they do and how they interact with the polar bears. There is lots of information about the scientists, and some basic information on polar bears, but not in depth information on polar bears and their live
May 02, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile-non-fic
The photos in this book are amazing. The bears seem like they are really looking at the camera and, therefore, the reader.

And wow. The effort that is going in to studying these bears. The capture season is full of HARD work hunting, tagging, measuring, weighing, and sampling. Then entering all the data into a computer. Then analyzing all that data.

That said, I have a hard time believing that 5th graders would come close to finishing this book. I may still get one copy, just for the photos and th
Kelsie Williams
Dec 06, 2013 Kelsie Williams rated it liked it
Shelves: libs-642
Category: Lit Cirlce 5
Source: Kimmel

My group came to the conclusion that this set of books would be awesome to use in our classrooms one day. I only rated this book a 3/5 because I do not think that the pictures included in the book were all appropriate for elementary school children. However, this book is extremely informational and would be great to use for a classroom project. The pictures and charts within the story really helped the reader understand the reaserch that the scientist were doi
Erin Fowler
Nov 28, 2015 Erin Fowler rated it liked it
If you want to learn about the science behind gathering data on polar bears then this is the book for you! Follow a group of scientists as they go out into the wilds of Alaska to tag and gather information about Polar Bears. There is a lot of science behind what they do and you will be amazed at the amount of data they collect!
Sep 15, 2012 Lynn rated it it was ok

This book makes people aware of the horrible effects of global warming on polar bears; I just wish there was a less invasive why to study them. The polar bears are scared and cornered with helicopters, darted with chemical sedatives, have fat samples punched out, teeth extracted, lips tattooed, etc., etc., and are finally posed for half-drugged pictures.

Laura M.
Mar 23, 2016 Laura M. rated it it was amazing
Get an up-close look at how field researchers gather data on polar bears. This data helped inform the decision that made this a threatened species. Lots of pictures of the researchers in action, which is very cool. Packed with tons of great information.
Another outstanding addition to the Scientists in the Field series.
Sharon Lawler
Another deserving entry in the Scientists in the Field series. This time the scientists are gather biological information for the database at the USGS Polar Bear Project.
Jun 09, 2012 Jenny rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction-j
Gorgeous photographs and great information about people who study polar bears.
Brenda Kahn
I just love this series! Gorgeous full-color photographs of these amazingly beautiful animals and scientists in action coupled with a cogent, vibrant text equals a winner.
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