It's polar bear season in the Canadian province of Manitoba, and BBC Earth is following all the action.

You can watch the polar bears as they wait for the sea ice to freeze, via a special 'buggy cam' located in the icy tundra around the town of Churchill, Manitoba. This and five other cameras will get up close and personal with the bears, offering a glimpse of these predators that few people get the chance to witness.

Every autumn, the polar bears around Churchill gather along the shores of Hudson Bay to wait for the ice to form so they can return to their seal-hunting areas. During that time they’re in a state known as walking hibernation. But the sea ice freezes later each year - and then melts sooner. This strains the limits of their fat reserves. That’s why this population is considered as an endangered group.

Prime time:

The best time to see all the action is between mid-morning and mid-afternoon.

Camera schedule:

The camera is live between 09:30 and 16:00 Central Time (14:30 and 21:00 GMT).

Live cam is operated courtesy of explore.org, Polar Bears International, Frontiers North Adventures.

*Please note that you may have to wait for a few moments for this live cam to appear – but it’s worth it!