Polar bear season in Churchill is officially underway as groups of travelers with Natural Habitat Adventures are returning from the Tundra Lodge out deep in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA). We should be getting some detailed field reports in from that groups guides Eric Rock and Colby Brokvist over the weekend. Other groups are arriving in Churchill as well and soon the news will come fast and furious. Polar bears will start to move with more urgency as the season gets going and the snow comes along with cooling air from the north. Stay tuned for posts from the sub -Arctic!
Polar bears at play in Churchill. Rhonda Reid photo.
Majestic polar bear on a chilly, frosty morning in Churchill. Colby Brokvist photo.
Poalr bear afraid to look at all the polar rovers. Justin Gibson photo.
Polar bear stretching after a nap in the willows. Natural Habitat Adventures photo.
With the Churchill Northern lights season approaching in a few months, we want to show you what the season in Greenland produced in the form of aurora borealis. This shot from versatile Natural Habitat Adventures guide Eric Rock highlights the beautiful aurora travelers were exposed to in the remoteness of this wild region. Looking forward to another amazing northern lights season in Churchill beginning in January!
Aurora over the Greenland landscape. Eric Rock photo.
Churchill’s polar bear season is running along smoothly and bear counts are increasing daily. The hudson Bay has a buffer of land – fast ice that will continue to expand with cooler temperatures. Northern lights have been sharing the spotlight with polar bears so far this season with incredible shows over the last few nights. Check out these tantalizing northern lights photos by Drew Hamilton!
Northern lights above the inukshuk in town. Drew Hamilton photo.
Last night had a high rating of probability, six, which is very infrequent according to Natural Habitat Adventures guide Eric Rock. Natural Habitat adventures Guides in Churchill expressed that last nights lights were some of the best they have ever seen in the north. Northern lights could be seen as far south as the northern united states with fascinating displays reported from many.
Tantalizing northern lights in the Churchill sky. Drew Hamilton photo.
Churchill’s main northern lights season occurs in February and March with increased probability of seeing the spectacle. Since the Hudson Bay and Churchill River are frozen solid at that time of year, night skies tend to have more cloudless nights without water being drawn up from the Hudson Bay by prevailing north winds. These amazing displays are a bonus for travelers seeking out the polar bears and other Arctic wildlife of the Churchill region.
Natural Habitat Adventures travelers by the inukshuk under aurora. Drew Hamilton photo.
Northern lights from the boreal forest. Drew Hamilton photo.
Boreal forest view of the northern lights. Drew Hamilton photo.
Hey folks…here’s a very informative webinar by Natural Habitat head naturalist and guide Eric Rock. You will get an invaluable background on everything you need to know about the region and wildlife. Eric you rock!!! Take a listen and look at some great photo’s of Churchill and the Arctic. Hope this gets everyone excited to venture to Churchill and view the amazing polar bears this or next fall. A trip of a lifetime!