All posts by Kels

Polar Bear Blog – Good Ol’ Days Are Here Again… Sort Of

Two weeks before I’m back in Churchill and from the sounds of it, its still pretty quiet up there, hopefully at my cabin too… moreso since I never quite got around to nailing the plywood back up over the windows when I was last there… Should be interesting to see how this season shapes up with the impressive ice conditions on Hudson Bay. Barring an unseasonably warm October (it is marginally above normal but not enough to make a big difference…), 2009 should go down on record as one of the longer ice seasons since 1971, … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – More Bears, Less People

Well, its been a while but time to start blogging again since, after all, it is that time of year where bears and bear tourists slowly overtake Churchill until its one big snowball of chaos and shuttle buses in early November. So, before too many bears get to Churchill… and before I get up to Churchill… here’s an update for what’s been up with the bears this year… This spring there were definite signs of a late summer (mind you, it wasn’t expected to start in September…) but March was colder than normal not just in … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Polar Bear Wrap-Up

So, that was a bit of a cliff hanger there – but not to be unexpected by Polar Bear Alley readers, especially when it gets down to my last couple days in Churchill… Once again, the south winds saved Churchill’s bear season, this time at the absolute last minute possible – Mother Nature must have a soft spot for polar bear tourists… resetting the freezeup by about a week or so. Some bears did make it over to Button Bay up to Seal River where the ice was locked in so a few have a head … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Southern Man

Well, the south winds arrived. I am not sure if it is enough, but they are here. Today, there was ice out to the horizon east of Churchill yet near town, the pancake ice had broken up and floated out to sea. There are still about twenty bears being seen in buggyland but some are close and some are far out on the ice. Its all up in the air now, folks. We’ll see tomorrow… Today, though was pretty awesome. It was the film crew’s last day and I guess mine too (I’ll probably hang out … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Ice and More Ice

Northwest winds are still the order of the day and the ice is stretching pretty far out onto the bay. Only two days ago, there was relatively no shore ice and the Churchill River was showing little signs of freezing. Today, the river is locked in, frozen up for good and the grease ice along the shore of Hudson Bay has already changed to pancake ice and that pancake has frozen together. In english, that means freeze-up is very close, folks… Today, we filmed the shore ice and filmed polar bears walking out on the ice, … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Stars Are Born

Driving around filming today, chasing Polar Bear Alert as usual. This morning turned out great, we drove through back alleys and side roads full of snow, checked polar bear traps and finally found a bear in one trap by L5 our recycling centre. This was a bonus because Manitoba Conservation has only handled 22 or 23 bears this year, only 12 are in the jail right now, usually the jail would be full and bears would be flown out every few days. This is only about a quarter of the usual encounters, could be that … Continue Reading ››