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The Last Polar Bear
Begins a national tour at the Longmont Museum & Cultural Center

Mother and CubJanuary 24 to April 5, 2009

Recent reports of thinning Arctic ice raises the specter of serious climate change. Could it mean the end of the polar bear, too? Arctic photographer Steven Kazlowski has explored this very question during his eight years tracking the bears in their rarely visited and seldom photographed natural environment.

Kaslowski’s photographs explore the lives and habitats of the powerful and elegant, yet seemingly winsome, polar bear. Through Kazlowski’s images, the exhibit brings home the very harsh reality that declining Arctic ice will bring with it very real consequences, not just for the polar bears, but for all of us.

Look for the companion book, The Last Polar Bear published by Braided River, available in the Museum Store during the run of the exhibit.

The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World has been organized by the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, Seattle, and Braided River, the conservation imprint of The Mountaineers Books.

Public programs and events

Opening reception, Friday, January 23, 7-9 pm

“The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World”
Multimedia presentation and book signing with Arctic photographer Steven Kazlowski
Wednesday, February 4, 2009, 7 pm
Steven Kazlowski Wildlife photographer Steven Kazlowski has spent the last eight years photographing the polar bear and their changing Arctic habitat. His photographs make up the exhibit The Last Polar Bear: Facing the Truth of a Warming World, and the companion book published by Braided River Books, the conservation imprint of Montaineers Books.
$5, Friends members free


“Meltdown at the North Pole: Societal Impact of Declining Arctic Sea Ice”
Lecture by Sheldon Drobot, PhD, Research Scientist with the Colorado Center for Astrodynamics Research, CU Boulder
Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 7 pm
The decline in Arctic sea ice is one of the most compelling and obvious signs of climate change. This presentation will discuss recent changes in the Arctic sea ice and explore how these changes will affect the entire earth and its inhabitants.
$5, Friends members free