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Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bear Diets and Sharing Seals

Polar Bear Female Aggressive

Its a pretty quiet time for the blog and for the bears. Polar bears are not overly keen on polar vortexes either, they mostly sit and wait out blizzards, sit and wait for spring. One researcher, Nikita Osyanikov, observed that polar bears routinely den up, at least in northern Russia. Male polar bears and young bears stay in dens up to 52 days a year, females with yearlings sleep up to 106 days and females … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Fast Times in High Latitudes

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Reports came out this week that the test oil shipment for Churchill seems to have been put on hold for this year. So, that’s pretty darn good news. Its still a bit tricky for the future, as shipping oil through Churchill does kind of make economic sense so I would suspect that we all end up re-visiting this topic next summer. I find it a bit strange that the whole focus of the debate ended … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bears in a Warming Climate

Polar Bear on Sea Ice

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 – Summer’s Almost Done!

Well, August 29th… this summer sure flew by. Fireweed has already gone to seed and the leaves are turning red, fall colours are slowly seeping over the landscape. Its been a good summer of bear over in Churchill, a lot of sightings near town but also more sightings near Seal River Lodge, south at Nanuk Lodge (near the Nelson River) and quite a few bears up in Arviat. Arviat seems to be pushing to develop … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Harper’s Vacay and Beluga Hey Hey

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Prime Minister Harper is on his way from Whitehorse, Yukon (where his main announcement was that parliament’s summer vacation would be extended by six weeks for no real reason…) across the north – where I thought he was stopping in Churchill… – but now I’m not sure, ha!… maybe just Rankin and Gjoa Haven… oh well, so much for my theory about an Omnitrax announcement… maybe this oil test shipment thing really will fly under … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Bears on Shore… And Stuff

Pod of Beluga Bulls

Well, judging by the ice charts, a good chunk of the western Hudson Bay polar bears are on shore by now – maybe a few big males and possibly experienced, savvy females still riding the ice south… but not too many, I would think. There still some good ice in southern Hudson Bay but that’s really more to the benefit of Ontario’s polar bears as opposed to Churchill’s… Polar bears have been seen around Churchill, … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Smokin’ Hot for Canada Day

Swimming-bear

Churchill’s in a bit of a mini-heat wave right now, that combined with forest fire smoke drifting up from the south. Of course, usually a muggy day ends up with a bunch of hot air pushed out over the bay which kind of triggers a north wind and temperatures drop back down, sometimes with rain or even hail. Its Churchill. But, sounds like a pretty perfect day for Canada Day – a big event in … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – About a Pingo

Still out there… somewhere. Here’s a story about how everything began in the meantime… From ‘Across Time and Tundra’, a history of the Inuvialuit People… Long ago, the Inuvialuit lands were not as they are today. Instead of countless rivers and lakes, the land was barren and mountainous, and game was very scarce. But the pingo or ice hill called Ibyuk, which today stands overlooking the town of Tuktoyaktuk, was already in existence, and on … Continue reading

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