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Polar Bear Blog – The Complicated World of Freeze-up

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Well, I left a bit of a gap in bear reporting this last week because, well, a lot of bears left! This has been yet another year of early freezeup or, if you like, a return to the old ‘normal’. However, ‘freezeup’ is a complicated thing so I will try to explain it the best that I can. The coast of Cape Churchill runs from Button Bay to the west of the Churchill River and … Continue reading

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Polar Bear Blog – It’s Been a Blast

We are just digging our way out of a good Churchill blizzard. Winds gusted up to about 70km per hour yesterday and it was pretty much whiteout conditions for most of the day. Still we went out looking for bears which meant mostly getting stuck in snowdrifts and breaking through lakes, which are still surprising soft around the edges. I would have thought that my ice driveway would have been in by now. Over the … Continue reading

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – Confessions of a Buggy Driver Pt.2

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Approximately eight minutes after my introduction to Churchill, Tundra Buggy Ken asked if I could work that day. Ken appeared as this ageless white-haired guy in a Tundra Buggy fleece. He had a nicely trimmed mustache, drank a lot of coffee and liked to gossip. He also had this crazy dry delivery where you could never tell if he was serious or if he was teasing you or really what was going on. So, naturally, … Continue reading

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