Category Archives: Polar Bears

Polar Bear Blog – Busy Busy

So tourist numbers and even polar bears out in Buggyland might be quiet so far but it has been a busy year for polar bears in Churchill itself. Just last week, 17 polar bear occurrences were recorded by polar bear alert; an occurrence is recorded as any time there is a ‘call out’ usually from the polar bear alert hotline. To date, there have been 158 bear occurrences. This is a very high number considering that last year there were 169 calls over the entire ice free season, the last call being a straggler on … 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 – 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 – 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 ››