Mylio Helping Save Polar Bears

Posted Dec. 2nd, 2016 by Daniel J. Cox

Mylio Helping Save Polar Bears

The World Meteorological Organization recently announced that 2016 will go down in the record books as the hottest year on record. Adding insult to injury, 2015 was the last hottest year on record, which was part of the ten hottest years on record, all of them happening since 1998. The Arctic is changing fast, and polar bears will be just one of many species seriously affected. Humans are also in the crosshairs.

Polar Bear A female bear comes to investigate the camera cage on Buggy One. Gordon Point on the shores of Hudson Bay near churchill, Manitoba.

I’ve been working with Polar Bears International now for almost 20 years. PBI is more than just a great conservation group that I believe in—they’re family.

Mylio helping save polar bears

Dan and BJ wrapping up photography and video equipment used on Buggy One at the end of the polar bear season in Churchill, Manitoba.

Two of the most important tools we use to tell an effective story about the changes happening in the Arctic are still photography and video. However, having quality images and footage is useless if you can’t find them. That’s where Mylio is helping the Arctic Documentary Project and Polar Bears International get these important visuals out.

Mylio helping save polar bears

BJ taking down the wireless dish for the PBI Buggy One radio link. Kevin stands guard against polar bears.

BJ Kirschhoffer, Director of Field Operations for PBI, started at Natural Exposures as an intern. He graduated from Montana State with a degree in photography and later moved over to Polar Bears International.

Mylio helping save polar bears

BJ, Colter, and Dan camping on the Ameya Preserve south of Livingston, Montana.

Barbara Nielsen, Director of Communications, has been with PBI for over 20 years, and I know Barbara from my earliest days photographing polar bears in Chruchill. These two dedicated conservationists were recently featured in

Mylio helping save polar bears, Drobo,

BJ Kirschhoffer working with Mylio in the PBI photo library. Bozeman, Montana

Mylio True Stories, the online magazine, where they outlined the process of how easy it is for BJ, headquartered in Montana, to send his new images and video off to Barbara, stationed in Washington, DC. The secret is Mylio. I won’t spill all the details, you can read the online story for yourself at Spanning the Globe (And Saving the Polar Bears) with Mylio.

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  1. Dean SwartzOn Jan. 3rd, 2017

    Kudos to Mylio for getting on board with PBI! Polar Bears are such magnificent creatures, and even though they are strong, intelligent, and resourceful, they will not survive without the support of people like Dan Cox, organizations like PBI, companies like Mylio, and, to borrow a line from PBS, “contributors like you!” If every photographer who has ever taken a photo of a polar bear in the wild contributed to PBI in amount equal to the cost of one 64GB SD or CF card to PBI, it would go a long way to helping in the fight for Polar Bear survival. Dan is too polite to ask for contributions to PBI, but I am not! Give now, or forget about sharing a trip to view Polar Bears in Churchill or Svalbard with your grand children! The Great White Bears will be gone! It is getting warmer, we are contributing to it, and we can fix it!

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Jan. 10th, 2017

      Thanks for the kind words Dean. PBI is a great conservation group.

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