A new and improved red list assessment for polar bears was published in 2015, again concluding that polar bears are in the category Vulnerable.
The 18th meeting of the PBSG, and the first regular meeting since 2009, was held in Anchorage. A packed agenda and five full days of meeting.
Can polar bears switch to and survive on terrestrial food? A new study from USGS gives us the answer.
In the status section there is a new text explaining why the PBSG has given global population range estimates for polar bear abundance since 1993, what these numbers are and what they're not.
The PBSG met in Fort Collins for a week in early June 2014, the second intersessional members-only meeting in a row, to continue discussions how to solve issues of future capacity.
A new and updated status table was finalized prior to the Moscow Meeting of the Parties in December 2013.
The Nunavut Wildlife Management Board proposed a change in TAH in Foxe Basin this summer and PBSG missed the hearing deadline, but makes its response public now.
You can now learn a bit more about each member of the PBSG through a picture and a brief bio.
The PBSG agrees with the recommendation from IUCN that the polar bear should still be listed on Appendix II. Read more about why...
PBSG members will meet for an extraordinary members-only meeting in Oslo Oct 24-27 to discuss the group's future.
As agreed on in Iqaluit in October 2011, PBSG has now given the group's input to some of the sections in the emerging circumpolar action plan.
For the second year in a row, the PBSG has given its critical comments to an increase in the total allowable harvest in Western Hudson Bay, as proposed by Nunavut.
Dr. Andrew Derocher releases his new book on polar bear biology and behavior.
PBSG senior member, Dr. Steve Amstrup wins the 2012 Indianapolis Prize.
Nunavut has decided to increase the total allowable harvest of the Western Hudsonj Bay subpopulation from 8 to 21 bears, in a subpopulation that at the moment is declining even without a harvest.
A third Meeting of the Parties, the second since 1981, was held in Iqaluit, Canada, the capital of the territory of Nunavut, Canada, October 24-26, 2011.
"Polar bears: The natural history of a threatened species" is a comprehensive book on the ecology of polar bears and their habitat for the wider audience, and it is a pleasure to read.
In a new study from the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources 72 hunters have been interviewed about their catches the last five decades, and new insights about the catch has been synthesized and presented.
A long editing process has ended, and the proceedings from the 15th meeting of the PBSG in Copenhagen is finally available for download.
US Fish and Wildlife Service has designated more than 187,000 square miles in the Arctic as critical habitat for polar bears under the Endangered Species Act.
On Nov 4 a US District Court judge ruled that the decision to list polar bears as "Threatened" and not "Endangered" in May 2008 must be reconsidered or defended.
May 28 the Government of Nunavut stated that they think polar bears are thriving, and thus they oppose the proposed uplisting of polar bears as a species of Special Concern under the Canadian Species at Risk Act.
The status table and reviews discussed and decided upon in Copenhagen in 2009 are finally available on the website.
Approximately half the members of the PBSG met in Oslo February 8-10, 2010, to meet the request from the Parties to the 1973 Agreement for input to national action plans.
The PBSG guidelines have been reviewed and all members except one have been appointed. The new guidelines and list of members have been published on the website.
After several years of harvesting unsustainable numbers of bears in subpopulations shared between the two countries, a Memorandum of Understanding has finally been agreed upon.
The PBSG web database on Russian literature on marine mammals have been updated with articles from the last decade.
Local peoples' unease with procedures involving the handling of polar bears might end mark-recapture studies of Nunavut polar bears and start aerial surveys.
The final report from the March Meeting of the Parties to the 1973 Agreement has been finalised.
Altogether 41 polar bear scientists and managers convened at the North Atlantic House in Copenhagen June 29 - July 3, hosted by the Greenlandic Representation.
Long-time PBSG member and USGS senior polar bear scientist Steven Amstrup rebutts a misleading and unscientific audit of two reports published as a part of the US polar bear listing process.
The Parties to the 1973 Agreement have met in Tromso March 17-19, and the meeting ended in a positive atmosphere that gives some hope for further process. Read the full news item and download the final output summary document.
PBSG chairman Andrew Derocher presented circumpolar issues, and present and future challenges for polar bears at the Meeting of the Parties to the 1973 Agreement on the conservation of polar bears in Tromso. Read the full news item and download the pdf of the presentation.
As an apetizer at the Meeting of the Parties in Tromso, the Norwegian Polar Institute has commissioned a report on the history of the 1973 Agreement on the conservation of polar bears. The report can be downloaded from the next level, if you read the whole news item.
After seven years in the same html-suit, a new PBSG website is ready for the world.
For the first time since 1981 the official parties to the Agreement on the conservation of polar bears will meet and discuss polar bear issues.
On January 16, 2009, a National Roundtable on Polar Bears was held in Canada to hear views of various stakeholders in polar bear management and conservation in Canada
The list of references has been updated. All readers are encouraged to send references not found in the database to the editor.
PBSG chair Andrew Derocher and long-time member Ian Stirling have published a short article in the journal Wildlife Professional.
A polar bear range states meeting was held in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, June 26-28. This meeting is probably leading up to the first official meeting of the Parties since 1981, meeting that most probably will be held in Norway in 2009.
The map and status descriptions in the "Population status" section are now all updated according to the Seattle meeting.
The Group has made a minor adjustment of the numbers in Resolution #3 from the Seattle meeting.
New meeting of the PBSG is coming up!