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Polar Bear Blog – Countdown Begins

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October 20th – one month until the ice forms… prime polar bear season is upon us. There is a nice blanket of snow on the tundra here and daily highs are still right at freezing, really nice temperatures for more bears to start coming in and moving around. Evening lows drop down around -5C and windchill hovers around -10C… great woodcutting weather, maybe even good for some last minute year cleaning and such. Between the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Autumn in the North

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Animals start moving in the fall. While Churchill has already had its share of bears this summer – including another Polar Bear Alert callout last night, bears are starting to stir in the southern part of their habitat. With cooling temperatures, the bears will gradually head north, congregating in places like Thompson Point, Cape Churchill and Broad River. Usually there is a small wave early in the season and then a bit of a pause … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Spring Seals, Wolves and Rangers

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Its hunting time in the arctic. Leads, temporary cracks in the ice, have opened up and there are some nice floe edges around – where the ice meets the open ocean. Bears, seals and everything gather around these areas, its a ‘busy’ place. And, of course, out here you find seals giving birth in snow dens and polar bears looking for seals giving birth in snow dens. It is a bit of a mixed bag … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Ice Free Days

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While all the polar bear scientists are chatting about solutions for the apocalypse, I stumbled across a neat little chart of Ice-Free Days in Hudson Bay (page 17). It was used by Martin Obbards, the Southern Hudson Bay polar bear guy, in a presentation so one would assume that the data is reasonably correct. One thing struck me, the ice in the 1970s kind of looks, um, really average. So with a ruler and some … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Let’s Feed The Bears (Some More)

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So, I have seen this idea come up here and there… most recently, it started with Robert Buchanan from Polar Bears International and now with one of his researchers, Andrew Derocher. The idea is to feed polar bears (specifically Churchill’s bears) while they are on land to help offset the decline in sea ice. Offhand it seems insane; after you have lived in the north for a while, insane seems intriguing. Incidentally, this idea first … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Eskimo Dogs and Space Tomatoes

Sometimes, I am reminded how, aside from polar bear season and sometimes the Port, Churchill kind of remains off the arctic radar. There are two pretty good examples floating around the internet these days. The first is a story from Iqaluit where local mushers are concerned about their Canadian Eskimo Dog stock. Reading the CBC Article, it recounts how the Canadian Eskimo Dog is a disappearing breed and, given that it is one of the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – One Last Family

After rapidly descending into cabin mode, I reluctantly guided one last tour of the season. I say reluctantly because I have only a couple days left here to wrap up some projects and, well, there is a heck of a lot of ice out there. The prospect of driving people around, no matter how nice they are, without seeing any bears is always a bit daunting. But, of course, I relented and went out for … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Marathons and Red Pixels

Churchill’s first polar bear marathon is taking place today. Organized by Albert Martens, an extreme runner from Steinbach, Manitoba, the marathon starts behind the Town Centre Complex today. Participants will run along the highway from Churchill to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre and most of the way back. I believe the total distance is 46 kilometres. Proceeds will raise funds for the Athletes in Action First Nations sports camps in Polar Hill, Paungassi, and Tadoule … Continue reading

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