Category Archives: Canadian Arctic

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Polar Bear Blog – December’s Here and So Are The Bears

Well, finally 'fixed' my blog... it sort of got put on the backburner since there's been bears all over the place for the last two weeks.  Basically, around the time that the last tourists left, the bears started their annual 'migration' along the coast. Each year, in early October, there's one day that a huge wave of bears start walking along the coast, heading west towards Button Bay where some of the first ice forms and some of the first seal hunting can be found.  This year, that wave showed up about three weeks late, starting … Continue Reading ››
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Polar Bear Blog – North Wind, South Wind

With strong north winds offering some hope of ice yesterday, south winds have returned today.  The view from the coast is all open water from town to buggyland, even the river is still open.  Any snow that has fallen has blown away and the tundra is bare once again.  Temperatures have fallen a bit so that's good, it looks like there's some hope on the horizon. The bear patterns are a bit strange this year too.  It seems like one day is very busy with 10-15 bears in the area but then its very quiet the next. … Continue Reading ››
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Polar Bear Blog – Bear Season Finally Here

Some strong north winds finally hit Churchill last night and after a few false starts, it feels like 'bear season' might have arrived.  While there is still no real ice building up on the coast, at least, we have some hints of shore ice clinging to the kelp beds on the beaches.  Nice big Hudson Bay rollers can be seen along the coast, its good to hear the waves crashing on the rocks again. It was a busy day for bears after a short lull.  A mother with two youngs cubs covered most of the coast … Continue Reading ››
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Polar Bear Blog – Adaptation Day

Still no break in the weather and even the bears have settled down, with a couple singles and one family - a mother with one cub - nestled along the Churchill coast.  A lot of the ice on the roads is melting now, giving the feeling that the season has started lurching backwards - kind of like the United States! (ahem, just kidding... sort of). But given the current weather and political conditions, its probably a good time to talk about how bears have adapted to a changing climate over the last decade or so.  First of all, … Continue Reading ››
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Polar Bear Blog – Groundhog Day

This bear season is shaping up to be a bit of a tricky one…  When we arrived on November 1st, it felt as thought the season was about a week late.  One week later and it feels like its two weeks late, judging by the forecast with an average 8-10C above normal for the next week, we could be three weeks late.  Its almost like we’re stuck on October 21st or something.  And October 21st isn’t really prime bear season. With gray and drizzle, the bears keep moving.  A couple new family groups have moved … Continue Reading ››
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Polar Bear Blog – As El Nino Goes

This winter has been interesting to see how media and online sources are talking about not just El Nino but the Arctic Oscillation as well.  For me, this is pretty neat.  When I started driving Tundra Buggy in 1999, no one really had any idea what an El Nino was or what effect it would really have, Arctic Oscillation was actually something only talked about by 'climate change deniers' ha.  The 1999 era was taken as proof that global warming was here and the polar bears were doomed. So, its nice to see that climate is … Continue Reading ››