Churchill Field Notes – Halfway Point Full of Polar Bears

Natural Habitat Adventures guide Brad Josephs and his group of travelers were on their way to rover launch last week when they spotted a sight that most on – board the rover had never seen. No, not the iconic “king of the north” the magnificent polar bear, although many of those beautiful creatures were in their future, but a stoic immature snowy owl. An “amazing sighting” according to Brad!
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Iconic snowy owl perched on a snow covered rock. Brad Josephs photo.

This was just a preview of what was to come. “We had the most bears I have ever seen at one time on halfway point. They were all over the place!” Brad stated following a sensational day in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area (CWMA). A sow with two cubs of the year (coys) definitely stood out as the highlight of the expedition though numerous polar bears with varied behavior kept the group in awe for hours and hours. This is a good sign for the ongoing season as the polar bear numbers are growing daily.
.”It was so incredible that this female felt so comfortable snuggling her precious little babies just 30 feet from our Rover.” reported Brad regarding the intimate interactions witnessed by the group.
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Sow and her two coys approaching a polar rover. Brad Josephs photo.

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Sow polar bear and her two coys snuggling in a kelp bed. Brad Josephs photo.

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Red poll in a willow tree. Brad Josephs photo.

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Polar rovers enjoying polar bears on the tundra. Brad Josephs photo.

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Adult polar bear approaching the groups’ polar rover. Brad Josephs photo.

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Brad’s Natural Habitat Adventures group listening to Churchill River Mushing’s head musher Kelly Turcotte. Brad Josephs photo.

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Natural Habitat Adventures band of avid adventurers in Churchill. Brad Josephs photo.

The group rounded out their memorable and exciting time in Churchill with dogsled rides with Churchill River Mushing and owner/musher Kelly Turcotte. Kelly gives a history of mushing in Churchill while the group enjoys bannock and a hot drink after the rides in his authentic trappers tent. As you can see the group bonded well on their amazing adventure in the north!

Churchill Polar Bear Pic

Great shot from snow – covered Churchill. Natural Habitat Adventures guide Drew Hamilton took this one of a resting polar bear on the tundra. Polar bears in Churchill are looking pretty healthy so far this season and the early snow has them feeling good in their habitat. It definitely feels like the stage is being set for one of the most magical polar bear seasons ever!

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Gorgeous polar bear resting on the snow – covered tundra. Drew Hamilton photo.

New Polar Rover Lands in Churchill

A brand new polar rover arrived to Churchill by train and is ready to transport avid travelers out into the Churchill Wildlife Management Area to search for polar bears and other Arctic wildlife species. This magnificent machine is built by Great White Bear Tours and reserved exclusively for Natural Habitat Adventures. It’s polar bear finding time!

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New polar rover from Great White Bear for Natural Habitat Adventures. GWB photo.

Polar Bear Season Images – Churchill

Natural Habitat Adventures guide Eric Rock submitted these fantastic Churchill photos from last weeks sensational polar bear expedition in Churchill. Travelers on the trip had amazing photo opportunities with various landscape and wildlife features. These pics by Eric capture the feel of the trip and point to an increase in polar bear activity as the season moves along. Fresh snow is falling today in Churchill as you view this post. Polar bears will start moving at an increased rate with the new look of the tundra. Should be some exciting images and notes from the field in the next week. Enjoy!







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