Churchill

JoAnne had an eye-to-eye cub connection with a polar bear cub.

JoAnne had an eye-to-eye cub connection.

JoAnne has just returned from studying polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada. Read her previous post, Polar Bears: Living in Churchill.

In November 2001, I journeyed to Churchill for the first time to see polar bears. The freezing cold and strong winds from the north stung. I could not believe that an animal that had the same body temperature as me could live in these conditions. I soon saw how incredibly specialized polar bears are for this arctic home. They were all thick furred and very round with the warm insulating blubber from their main prey, ringed seals.
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JoAnne is in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to study polar bears.

I am sitting out in the middle of the Churchill tundra. I am rocking back and forth in a Tundra Buggy as 44 mile-per-hour (70 kilometer-per-hour) winds blow the snow all around. I think back to my first wild polar bear sighting.
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A large male polar bear out on the tundra.

A large male polar bear out on the tundra.

JoAnne is in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to study polar bears. Read her previous post from the field, Polar Bears: Who Was Your First?

I will open by telling you that this story will break your heart. Please know this will not be easy to read, but it is a story that needs to be told.
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Rear-view

JoAnne is in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, to study polar bears. Read her previous post, Polar Bears: Tundra Heartbreak.

What it is like living in the Polar Bear Capital of the World? I am sharing my ninth fall here in Churchill with the folks that call this home. The town has approximately 900 residents, which dramatically increases with as many as 12,000 guests arriving to see the polar bears every fall.
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