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Polar Bears of Churchill

Greetings,

Hope you’re doing well and enjoying the final days of Fall. Technically Winter doesn’t begin for another month but we’ve already experienced a number of “icy” days. This year I’m ready for it though, partly because of recently spending five days just below the Arctic Circle in Churchill, Canada; Ed and I traveled there the beginning of November, Susan stayed home with the kids. We went to primarily observe polar bears (and were not disappointed) but also to learn about this small port town near the Arctic Ocean and its earliest inhabitants, the Inuit people (once referred to as Eskimos). We traveled with Natural Habitat Adventures (Nat Hab). (Susan and I traveled to the Galapagos Islands with Nat Hab and highly recommend this travel organization based in Boulder, Colorado; they have a long history of organizing tours to the Galapagos and Churchill.) With Nat Hab we spent a few days roaming the snow covered and ice forming edge of Hudson Bay in custom-designed Polar Rovers (photo provided below). Once the ice hardens, polar bears depart the area until Fall so the viewing season is short. We experienced a variety of severe weather conditions (mostly cold and wind) but enjoyed a few hours of calm and sun. In addition to spending time viewing polar bears, we saw a few other animals, visited town (museum, shops and restaurants), flew over the tundra in a helicopter, and ate some delicious seafood; we also spent a few days in Winnipeg. Another grand adventure! Below are a few photos.  

1DX3290PolarBearsChurchill(7.5x5,150cpywrt)Polar bear, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

5Dll*f2010Inukshuk(7.5x5,cpywrt,150rr)Inukshuk (Inuit Stone Landmark) – Churchill, Canada

1DX1784StuntedTrees(7.5x5,cpywrt,150rr)Wind blown trees near Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX3090PolarbearFromRAW(7.5x5,150cptrr)Female polar bear walking, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX3586PolarBearsChurchill(7.5x5,150cpywrt)Adult male polar bears play fighting, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX4133PolarBearsChurchill(150rrcpywrt)Adult male polar bears play fighting, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX4122PolarBearsChurchill(7.5x5,150cpywrt)Adult male polar bears play fighting, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX3843PolarBearsChurchill(7.5x5,150cpywrt)Adult male polar bears play fighting, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

5Dll*f1476PolarBears(5x5,cpywrt,150rr)Adult male polar bears play fighting, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX3313PolarBearsChurchill(7.5x5,150cpywrt)Polar bear resting, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX2354PolarBear&Rover(7.5x5,cpywrt,150rr)Great White Bear Tundra Lodge, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

5Dll*f1021Ed&Rover(7.5x5,cpywrt,150rr)Ed in front of Polar Rover near Churchill, Canada

5Dll*f1032Ed&MeRover(7.5x5,border,150rr)Ed and Michael in front of Polar Rover near Churchill, Canada

1DX1534Ptarmigan(7.5x5,150cpywrtrr)White-tailed ptarmigan, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

1DX1415RedFox(7.5x5,bdr150rr)Red fox near Churchill, Canada

5Dll*f1966Inukshuk(7.5x5,cpywrt150rr)Inukshuk (Inuit Stone Landmark) – Churchill, Canada

5Dll*f1239Nightscape(7.5x5,cpywrt,150rr)Rising moon, edge of Hudson Bay – Churchill, Canada

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Martin Agran #

    Great photos–you definitely captured them.

    Marty

    Sent from my iPhone

    November 23, 2014
  2. Fujuan #

    Adorable white bears! Michael, I am so glad you went for another adventure! Hope you stay warm there in Laramie. Happy Thanksgiving! — Fujuan 🙂

    November 23, 2014

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