All posts by Kels

Polar Bear Blog – The Jokes On You

This could be just as good as Pat Broe’s honourary degree… Looks like there’s no polar bear cam this year, it was bad enough that it was going to start on November 10th (???) but now the swindle is complete folks… This is from the National Geographic site… Unfortunately, we will not be able to bring you WildCam Polar Bears live this year. Our partners at Polar Bears International and Wildlife HD, who provided the live stream in the past, wanted to try something new to get the word out about the plight of the polar … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – The Non-Bear Season

Back in the saddle again, the film crew is in and just (almost) in time for a ‘polar bear lift’, not so much a local strongman contest as a relocation of polar bears north of Churchill by helicopter. In the hopes of continuing the bears natural northern ‘migration’, some bears get flown north to the area around North Knife River or Seal River and released. Its a pretty expensive project with the sole intention of preventing polar bear mortalities (and humans too, I suppose) around Churchill. This year continues to be pretty quiet in town, no … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – More Bears and More Snow

While its a beautiful sunny day right now, probably hovering around -2 or so, there’s another blizzard headed our way, more north winds and unbelievably more snow. This is a good and a bad thing. The north winds should push the ice back onto the coast, bringing the bears a little closer but hopefully not too close to their seal hunting season. More snow means that it will take a little longer for the tundra to freeze up, meaning a tougher time for snowmobile and tundra buggy travel but probably better insulation for arctic plants. More … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Good Ol’ Blizzard

Two full days of snow – something like 17cm in 24 hours… and still going, except that now the wind has switched to the northwest and we have a full-on blizzard – a pre-Halloween blizzard no less… There’s really only one bear season in the past ten years that I remember more snow than this one, maybe 2001 or 02 or something like that… I could be wrong… More bears coming in, three sets of mothers with this year’s cubs added to the three or four families already around. Sounds like five big males are hanging … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Snow Job

Winter’s settling in, Camp Nanuq is frozen now, both my lake and my shower drain, a true sign of winter. Plus, my van is already busted, along with me, another sign that bear season is chugging along. They say we’ve got 5 or 6 inches and high winds coming tomorrow, then -10 to -14 on Friday, which means perfect polar bear conditions… just in time for Halloween of course. The snow is like a little sigh of relief, taking us from the confusingly dismal days of wind, ragged willows and sort of sleet to frozen lakes … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Winter Daze

Another day of wind and coffee and woodstoves. Not bad, not much progress since everything including me was hunkered down but not bad. I think I’m on day four or five of ‘starting’ my documentary… But, there’s not much better than a good fire and a rattling house; not sure why windy nights make you feel more at home but they do, must be our innate quest for shelter… and fire I suppose. And maybe Johnny Cash.