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Polar Bear Blog – Mid-Winter Bears

There is a blizzard in Churchill today, windchill in the mid-fifties. Then again, its been cold a blizzardy through most of North America for much of this winter, Churchill hasn’t had it much worse than southern Manitoba; at least, everyone dressed for the weather up there. Cold and snowy winters are a bit of a mixed bag for polar bears. Everyone wants the ice to thicken enough that it takes a long time to melt … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – After Bear Season

Things settle into a bit of hibernation mode up here once the bears and tourists leave. There is enough sea ice on the bay now to make for crystal clear days and pastel sunrises and, of course, the itchy dry skin that comes with winter. It is minus thirty today, the woodstove and coffee are just roiling to life. The cabin is ‘almost’ clean for the first time in forty days. The ‘lake’ road, our … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Camp Nanuq Morning

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It seems like I haven’t blogged from Camp Nanuq forever (actually just last bear season, I guess…). Camp Nanuq is a little cabin area, twenty kilometres east of Churchill. There are three lakes out here (ponds anywhere else) and a mottled mix of colourful cabins and krummholz trees. Skeletons of fireweed and three-toothed saxifrage flutter in the north wind this morning. The willows sway and weave. After a four year truce, have reached eight to … 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 1

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As with most of North America, 1969 was a year of change for Churchill. This change would not begin anywhere near the community, however. That year, the SS Manhattan made the first crossing of the Northwest Passsage, investigating its potential as an oil shipping route. Canadian photographer, Dan Guravich, was aboard the Manhattan as the official photographer. It was during this trip that he first saw a wild polar bear and, as happens to many … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Wild Ones

The new zoo bear

Today, the first wild polar bear was shipped from Churchill to Winnipeg to begin its ‘transition’ to life at the Assiniboine Zoo. It will be housed at the International Polar Bear Conservancy Centre, for a time, before being shown to the public. Eventually, they will try and buddy him up with Hudson, the captive-born bear already on display. This is being portrayed as a ‘good news’ story by really the entire media and this wild … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Last Minute Polar Bears

Sparring bears - Kaktovik Alaska

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 – 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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