THEME The Polar Bear Blog
Oregon Zoo’s polar bear, Tasul, and her job as a research assistant. Tasul is currently helping researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey study how climate change is affecting wild polar bears in the Arctic. She has been fitted with a collar which includes an accelerometer that measures her movements while she’s walking, eating, sleeping and swimming. The collar turns these behaviours into electronic signals and along with video footage being collected researchers will be able to use this to create a digital library of polar bear behaviour.Once the signals have been calibrated, collars similar to the one Tasul wears will be placed on free-roaming bears in the Arctic. This gives researchers the opportunity to monitor the bears’ behaviour without having to observe them directly, which can be difficult to study, given the remote, harsh environment they inhabit.More information on Tasul and her role in research can be found here.Tasul’s collar also had attached a Go-Pro Hero camera which gave a bear’s-eye view. Check out a clip taken from the camera on Oregon Zoo’s YouTube page.

Oregon Zoo’s polar bear, Tasul, and her job as a research assistant.

Tasul is currently helping researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey study how climate change is affecting wild polar bears in the Arctic. She has been fitted with a collar which includes an accelerometer that measures her movements while she’s walking, eating, sleeping and swimming. The collar turns these behaviours into electronic signals and along with video footage being collected researchers will be able to use this to create a digital library of polar bear behaviour.

Once the signals have been calibrated, collars similar to the one Tasul wears will be placed on free-roaming bears in the Arctic. This gives researchers the opportunity to monitor the bears’ behaviour without having to observe them directly, which can be difficult to study, given the remote, harsh environment they inhabit.

More information on Tasul and her role in research can be found here.

Tasul’s collar also had attached a Go-Pro Hero camera which gave a bear’s-eye view. Check out a clip taken from the camera on Oregon Zoo’s YouTube page.

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