I remember the first time I saw a wild polar bear. It was July 2007 and I was a second year undergraduate student on a field course in Churchill Manitoba, offered through the University of Guelph. The course was billed as a subarctic biodiversity based expedition, but there was no denying that the greatest draw for the 20 students on the course was the chance to see a polar bear on the tundra (in between plankton tows and insect net swings, of course).