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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Stories

Polar Bear

The largest bear captured in this area weighed 1,600 lbs, almost twice the size of a ‘normal’ adult male. Steve ‘The Eagle’ Miller, a long-time helicopter pilot in the Churchill area, used to talk about that one. They grabbed him in 1983, one of the first years that Steve worked up here. Over the years, Miller would handled thousands of bears, at any given time, around 80% of this population has been handled and tagged. … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – The Mysterious World of Churchill’s Polar Bears

Well, the Polar Bears of Churchill sure are getting hard to figure out. I was writing a recap of this ‘bear season’ when the new articles about Churchill’s bears hit ‘The Guardian’. In a series of essays, Susan Goldenberg outlined the ‘plight’ of Churchill’s bears.  Of course, it should be noted that most of her ‘view from Churchill’ does come from Polar Bears International so take it for what that’s worth. The articles meander through … 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 – Oil Bears Oil The Time

Polar Bear Alley

Well, I’m back from my grizzly trip across the Yukon… starting at the Nakina River in northern BC and ending up in Inuvik, NWT… with a whole bunch of ‘game drives’ in between. When all was said an done, we saw 35 grizzlies, 6 black bears, a ton of elk and caribou, moose, eagles, hawks and a wolf and even a lynx. Pretty crazy trip… I will post my journal on here tonight or tomorrow … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bears and Ice Scars

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The ice looks to be fairly good this year across much of the arctic and most reports are of a late spring (there was just a blizzard in Churchill yesterday…) so that’s more good news for the bears. There is a nice ‘floe edge’ near Churchill right now, some pictures of seals basking in the sun are floating around. At this time for year, seals both will haul out on the ice to warm up … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Fluffy Snow and Off We Go

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Well looks like we’re heading out to Prince Albert sound, its pretty white out there today, soft snow falling to me it looks like the makings of a real blizzard but there’s a glow of the sun behind the clouds so who knows – that’s what guides are for… Wynniatt Bay to the north still sounds like their in blizzard mode. The helicopter researchers seem to be grounded a fair bit and even the local … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Heading Out Maybe

Polar Bear on Sea Ice

So, how do you begin a quest for a grolar bear. Well, if the first step in an arctic expedition is a few hours on the phone with Aeroplan, the next step is usually a ‘weather day’. If so, we are right on schedule. A west wind has brought some fluffy snow and the light is pretty flat, I have my doubts we will leave today – then again, I was surprised to see the … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – Onward to Ulukhaktok

Komatiks in Ulukhaktok

On my way to Ulukhaktok for a couple weeks to look for polar bears and wolves and stuff, pretty excited about it. Ulukhaktok, roughly translating as ‘way harder to pronounce than Holman’, is one of my favourite arctic places. Ulukhaktok, formerly called Holman, is a small community (maybe 300 people?) on the southwest corner of Victoria Island. The name actually translates to ‘place where material for Ulus is found’ but I think that’s actually the … Continue reading

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