Polar Bear Blog – Northwinds

North winds have finally hit after a month of south and west winds. Ice built up in late October but was all dispersed by wind and warm temperatures of November. There is some ice build up around Seal River, Arviat and Button Bay but its still a tough year for most bears. The last wave of mothers and cubs have arrived and are trying to lay low waiting for the ice. It’s a tall order though, these last family groups have spent most of the season hiding out in the willows and at the treeline, preferring … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Bears Ready, Ice Not So Much

On this day last year, bear season was over.  Enough ice had packed onto shore that most of Churchill's bears left en masse, heading back out to try their luck at early season seal hunting.  Other than a stressed out reality film crew, everyone was pretty excited about yet another early freeze. This year holds a much different story.  El Nino has finally arrived and its really almost t-shirt weather in Churchill, possibly even naked sun bathing.  The Churchill River is still open and south winds have washed the shore ice back into the bay.  Early … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – The Northwest Passage Lost

In the race of northern shipping routes, its becoming pretty clear that the Northwest Passage has lost.  Still clogged with ice, we are entering yet another year of poor navigation across the Canadian Arctic.  Hudson Strait has had heavier ice than normal, Iqaluit's breakup was weeks later than normal and, well, its just not a great season for commercial shipping in northern Canada. The Northeast Passage, on the other hand, has been open for some time and traffic just seems to be gathering steam over there.  This is a bit of a mixed bag in terms … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Oh No There Goes Tokyo

Well, this could be an interesting year...  Bears are spread out along the coast with good sightings at Arviat, Seal River and Churchill.  For some bears, its been a banner year especially if they rode the sea ice far south into Ontario.  From all reports, its looking like a good year and hopefully this means a good cub production year as well, looks like our bears may need it. I've written about the Pacific Blob and a potential El Nino (The Little Boy) for a while now but now it looks like … Continue Reading ››

Polar Bear Blog – Hudson Bay Sea Ice

Sea ice is rapidly declining across the arctic and many bears are ashore for another season, up to 40% of the world's polar bears spend some time on shore through the year.  Overall, arctic sea ice is below the 30 year average but above the record lows of late.  Regionally, this means a lot of things, Russian bears as usual seem like they are in tough once again, Southern Beaufort bears could have some long swims ahead of them. On the other hand, Baffin and Hudson Bay bears are looking to have a pretty … Continue Reading ››

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