Protect Moms and Cubs Challenge
February 20 - March 5, 2021
In honor of International Polar Bear Day - February 27
YOUR IMPACT · Thanks so much for the amazing support of this community! We set an original goal of $50,000 to launch the development and testing of a new tool, but the project's total cost is $200,000—and we really appreciate any help you can give. By protecting dens, you'll protect cubs, helping to ensure their future.
Join us to help ensure the polar bear's future
Polar Bears International’s mission is to save polar bears and the sea ice they depend on. Every year, on February 27th, we host International Polar Bear Day to draw attention to the threats polar bears face in a warming Arctic and how we each can help. This year our focus is on moms and cubs.
Right now, polar bear moms and their newborn cubs are snuggled together in snow dens across the Arctic. However, they are extremely vulnerable while they’re denning, with survival rates of just 50 percent or less for many cubs. Research shows that the oil industry’s current den-detection tool misses more than half of known dens.
The Protect Moms and Cubs Challenge provides you an opportunity to leverage your network of friends, family, and colleagues to make a real impact in funding our efforts to develop a better tool for finding polar bear dens. By protecting dens, you'll protect cubs, helping to ensure their future.
Protect their future and save ours.
Start your own fundraiser
Take our Protect Moms and Cubs Challenge by starting a fundraiser! The donations you raise will help us develop a promising new tool to find and map den locations to make sure moms and cubs aren’t disturbed.
Joining is as simple as 1-2-3.
You have the opportunity to personalize your challenge and your goal! Whether you make a $5 or $25 donation, invite your friends, family, and colleagues to match your contribution.
For example, Fundraiser John donates $5 and challenges 100 of his friends to match him. At the same time, Fundraiser Sally donates $25 and invites 20 of her friends to do the same. Both John and Sally raise $500 to help fund the den-detection project and protect moms and cubs.
The Protect Moms and Cubs Challenge runs until March 5, 2021. Prizes will be rewarded to the top three individual fundraisers.
1. Sign up for the Challenge
You are passionate about the survival of polar bears. Now you are just one click and a few details away from making a real impact in protecting denning moms and cubs. You’ve got this!
P.S. Click on the blue button to start your challenge.
2. Set up Your Personal Page
Use your personal fundraising page to share why protecting moms and cubs is important to you. In case you have writer’s block, we have provided some suggestions for you! Just add a few details, like your donation challenge and fundraising goal, and voila, you are ready to roll!
PROTECT MOMS & CUBS CALL OUT!
Four Paws up for Elle Firstenberg who is donating all of her Bat Mitzvah gifts to support moms and cubs! Elle has raised over $4,000 to help fund den detection tools so far. Elle, congratulations and thank you for being a polar bear champion!
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
International Polar Bear Day Events
Click the"Full Schedule of Events" for registration and watch details. Share these events with your friends and family.
Monday, February 22 - All about Polar Bears with Idea Exchange Ontario
Live chat with Alysa McCall (Polar Bears International) |1 pm CT
Tuesday, February 23 - All About Polar Bears with Spark Science Centre
Live chat with Alysa McCall (PBI) | 6 pm CT
Wednesday, February 24 - Protecting Polar Bear Families
Tundra Connections webcast with Dr. Megan Own (San Diego Zoo Global), BJ Kirschhoffer (PBI), and Alysa McCall (PBI) | Noon CT
Thursday, February 25 - Top Frequently Asked Questions about Polar Bears
Live chat with Dr. Thea Bechshoft, PBI | 8 am CT | 3 pm CET
Friday, February 26 - "International Polar Bear Day: Ask Us Anything" with Microsoft Education
Live chat with BJ Kirschhoffer (PBI), Dr. Thea Bechshoft (PBI), Wes Larson | 2:30 pm CT
Saturday, February 27 - International Polar Bear Day with Kids: Paint a Polar Bear
Online art project with artist Sandra Cook | Noon CT
Saturday, February 27 - Special Viewing of a Film about Moms and Cubs
Special movie screening with Alysa McCall (PBI) | 4 pm MT | 6 pm ET
Friday, March 5
Protect Mom and Cubs Challenge fundraiser ends at 11:59 pm CT. Prizes will be awarded to the top three individual fundraisers.
Prizes will be awarded to the top three individual fundraisers for the "Protect Moms and Cubs Challenge."
First Prize: Mom & Cub Adoption + Polar Bears International Trucker Cap (Value $175)
Second Prize: Cub of the Year Adoption + Polar Bears International Trucker Cap (Value $100)
3rd Prize: Arctic Adoption + Polar Bears International Trucker Cap (Value $65)
You are making a difference!
Thank you so much for choosing to support our mission by participating in our Protect Moms and Cubs Challenge!
You will receive an email confirming your registration for this free event. Please note that you will have an opportunity to donate towards your personal fundraising goal.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.