Churchill Photo of the Week – Aurora

 

Northern lights over Ice Lake in Nunavut

Northern lights over Ice lake in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. Manny Noble photo.

Even though polar bear season is just around the corner with the possibility of viewing northern lights on clear nights, we can’t help but look ahead to January when the heart of aurora borealis season begins in Churchill. Once the Hudson Bay is frozen over, northern lights are fairly constant in the night skies of the far north. This recent shot above Ice Lake in Cape Dorset, Nunavut is just a sample of what can be seen in the heart of winter throughout the Arctic and sub – Arctic. What an incredible vista!

Polar Bears in the Mist

With the current polar bear season in Churchill heading towards the end we have some classic images from Natural Habitat Adventures guides for you. These guides work tirelessly to provide travelers with the most awesome experience in the sub – Arctic. This season has been a challenge with the moderate temperatures influencing polar bear behavior and movement out on the tundra. We still have had some incredible bear and other wildlife encounters that have produced fantastic images all season. Enjoy!

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A polar bear emerges from the willows in the Churchill mist. Drew Hamilton photo.

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Sunlight on a healthy polar bear in Churchill. Eric Rock photo.

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Red fox chasing lemmings on the tundra. Drew Hamilton photo.

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Polar bear paw displaying claws. Drew Hamilton photo.

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Polar bear family roaming the misty tundra. Brad Josephs photo.

Polar Bears High and Low in Churchill

Churchill is in full swing with polar bears “high and low” as you can see from these recent field image submissions from the region. Moira Le Patourel leading a group of Natural Habitat Adventures travelers had a spectacular time in Churchill. The snow covered tundra provides an Arctic background for the incredible wildlife sightings in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA). What a trip for this fortunate group.

Polar bears scattered on the tundra of the CWMA were the highlight for sure though a bear lift at the holding compound was an event that is hit or miss for travelers to Churchill. It truly is spectacular to watch polar bears be flown northwest along the coast to a safe haven and released to the wild again. Timing is everything in order to catch one of these awesome spectacles! An incredible, unique experience if you can see it.

 

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Group photo with guide Moira in front of a polar rover! Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

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A polar bear wandering between a couple of polar rovers. Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

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Magnificent polar bear in the snow. Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

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Polar bear family walking a trail in the CWMA. Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

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Polar bear sniffing at the falling snow. Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

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Polar bear family posing for a group shot. Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

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Lift off at the Polar Bear Holding Facility. Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

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Up, up and away in the cargo nets for polar bear family. Moira Le Patourel photo.

While the polar bears on the land and in th air were exciting for all travelers, there was other wildlife to see as well. A regal red fox appeared from the willows to catch the eyes and camera lenses of the group. Ptarmigan as well made an appearance seemingly from out of nowhere. Both species reveal the secrets of the sub – Arctic to all those lucky enough to spot them. Magic seems to happen in Churchill especially during polar bear season!

 

Red fox in Churchill

Red fox emerging from the willows. Moira Le Patourel photo.

 

Ptarmigan in Churchill, Manitoba

Willow ptarmigan on the rover trail in the CWMA. moira Le Patourel photo.

Churchill Photos of the Week

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!

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Polar bears at play in Churchill. Rhonda Reid photo.

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Majestic polar bear on a chilly, frosty morning in Churchill. Colby Brokvist photo.

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Poalr bear afraid to look at all the polar rovers. Justin Gibson photo.

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Polar bear stretching after a nap in the willows. Natural Habitat Adventures photo.

Northern Lights in Northwest Territories

Without question this past year has been one of the most prolific for northern lights displays in the Arctic and sub – Arctic. This CBC North shot is simply breathtaking and the heart of the northern lights season is still months away. We are looking forward to one of the most amazing aurora borealis seasons on record this year in Churchill!

 

Northern Lights in the Northwest Territories.

Northern lights shining brightly over a campfire in the Northwest Territories. CBC North photo.

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