Monthly Archives: November 2007

Polar Bear Blog – Two Less Seals – November 11, 2007

We headed out into buggyland on a tour with Great White Bear today. Our first stop was a gathering of bears out on the newly forming ice (which once again has been redistributed by changing winds). Twelve bears were visible, sitting together and circling around each other. Soon, through the spotting scope we saw the reason, a big red spot on the ice… there had been an early season seal kill. We watched as bears … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Pause – November 9, 2007

It is a rare and treasured bear season morning when I can sit with my laptop and coffee and write a bit. Staying in town right now, finished my last day with the Japanese film crew yesterday, we flew out to Cape Churchill, circling the point, filming the pancake ice and sparring polar bears. Its a beautiful trip and at least twenty bears were gathered along the coast. Now I am just waiting for the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bears on Ice – November 8, 2007

The bears are swarming Churchill today. It is cold, but not too cold, however, north winds have pushed the pancake ice to shore. Today is the first day where enough pancakes have been overlapped, squished, mashed and crunched together to form a solid platform of ice. This is a good day for bears. Each year, the bears all rush out to test the first solid ice and maybe find a seal or two. You can … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bad Boy of the Arctic – November 7, 2007

There’s a Tom Mangelsen print that is pretty famous up here. It is a photograph of three young male bears sitting back, almost reclining on the ice, called ‘Bad Boys of the Arctic’. It kind of captures the spirit of the up and coming males of the polar bear population, a little bit lazy, a little bit surly. Today, we filmed one such young male strolling around Camp Nanuq. He was maybe four or five … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Mom and a Single – Later November 6, 2007

The part I miss most about buggy driving is anticipating bear behaviour. It gives me such a charge to think like a bear and try to position my crew in the spot that will give us the best viewing and least impact on the bear’s life. There’s really only one thing in life that really gives me more satisfaction than watching and thinking about bear behaviour and, well, we really don’t need to talk about … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Old Trick Bag – November 6, 2007

Kaz and the last film crew left today so I am now working with Japanese Film Crew Number Two with Martin. This was our first day on the road, this time focused solely on bears and bear behaviour. It is cold today, it must be -25C with the windchill when its -25 your nose gets a special pain that can only mean its truly winter this day. Anyways, its cold and the bears have really … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Lift – November 3, 2007

This morning, Manitoba Conservation airlifted two bears out of the polar bear jail. Its a pretty common occurrence in ‘bear season’, as more bears come near town, the jail gets a little crowded and bears are moved north of Churchill, about fifty or sixty kilometres. Of course, they are also relocated when VIPs come to town or when film crews pay for the helicopter time. It helps the budget… So, today, my film crew were … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – One Less Caribou – November 2, 2007

The word out of buggyland is that a caribou was taken down by a polar bear this year. It was out on the tidal flats and I guess got caught amidst the ice or at least slowed down enough for one of our hungry guests to catch up with him. A pretty rare event that’s good for our bears, less good for the caribou. Over the last few years, bears have managed to catch a … Continue reading

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