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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 – Some Neat Stories About Polar Bears

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Around this time each year, I start re-reading my collection of Fred Bruemmer books. Today, its ‘Encounters with Arctic Animals’ (1972). He has such a nice writing style and the stories in these books are back from the early days of research, tourism and everything polar bear. Really a lot of neat ideas in here… ‘Occasionally bears travel with the pack ice down the Labrador current, as passive migrants. Nearly every year one or more … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Season History Part 2

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Well, there is a bit of a winter storm in Churchill right now with flurries expected for much of the week – then again, no one really listens to the forecast up there anyway. Temperatures are right around 0C (32F) so it going to get a bit sloppy if this keeps up. What Churchill and its bears need are 0C (at most) in the day and around -5C at night, that should freeze up the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Last Minute Polar Bears

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Early season tourists and bears have started trickling into Churchill. Summer is officially done and morning frost has settled across the north. We’re still due for some high winds and freezing rain by mid- month but winter’s slow and steady march south has begun. And, I know I have said this before, but if ANYONE is thinking about a last minute polar bear trip, do it! Churchill still has this reputation where you have to … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Kaktovik Bears

Polar Bear Family Kaktovik

My buddy Sab is in Kaktovik right now, he’s pretty new to the polar bear addiction so its kind of interesting to hear his perspective.. here is his latest blog from www.blue-kennels.com ‘After the glacier season came to an end, I had hardly time to unpack my bags. The next adventure was calling, a Polar Bear Viewing Trip to Kaktovik Alaska. It all started with visiting Karine and Kelsey in Churchill last fall, and now … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bears in a Warming Climate

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Well, there is a fair bit of chit-chat about the new IPCC report on Climate Change and the 15-year ‘lag’ in the warming trend predicted by computer models. This is not really a shock to anyone in Churchill – especially with a few years of ‘almost’ early freezeups. For the record, I actually believe that humans, and specifically greenhouse gases, have altered the atmosphere. I find it a shame that both sides are so polarized … 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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