These awesome aurora shots from the new northern lights season in Churchill are a great start to what should be one of the best seasons this decade. We are hoping for some video as well from Natural Habitat guide Brad Josephs on site. The lights keep getting better every year in the sky above Churchill and over the Hudson Bay. Stay tuned for more news and incredible aurora images as the season progresses.
Polar bear sleeping just outside the Tundra Lodge. Jason Luoma photo.
Mexican polar bear standoff with a polar rover in Churchill. Jason Luoma photo.
Polar bear mom protecting her cub from the dangers on the tundra in Churchill. Jason Luoma photo.
Polar bear resting in the scrub willows near the Tundra Lodge. Jason Luoma photo.
Natural Habitat Adventures and Great White Bear Tours operate one of the most incredible wildlife viewing spots on Earth. Tundra Lodge camp Manager Jason Luoma, who by the way, manages Natural Habitat’s Greenland Base Camp as well, took these photos over the past few years. The first pic, sleeping bear, is from this week. The view from the lodge is so serene and breathtaking that polar bears become just part of the landscape…especially when they are sleeping. Photographers and wildlife enthusiasts come to this place for unimaginable chances to capture polar bears and other Arctic wildlife in action. And, most times expectations are exceeded beyond belief!
For decades Great White Bear Tours has been Natural Habitat’s partner in logistics and providing travelers with access to the most heavily polar bear populated region in North America. The Churchill Wildlife Management Area is where all the incredible polar bear action takes place and Great White Bear Tundra Lodge has been home to lucky Nat Hab travelers for years now during October and November. These photos from GWB wonderfully capture the polar bear season that just finished up in Churchill. Enjoy!
Great White Bear polar rover in Churchill. Konan Wendt photo.
Pensive polar bear in the Churchill willows. GWB photo.
Red fox staring out at the water in Churchill. GWB photo.
Polar bears sparring in the CWMA. Henry Zhang photo.
Snowy owl above the Churchill tundra. Don Walkoski photo.
The 2017 exciting polar bear season
is moving along with some of the most incredible wildlife in recent years being seen daily. While the fox population, all varieties, is burgeoning, there have been some rare sightings of large caribou herds and even a wolverine…although we are still in search of a photo of this one. These images from Colby Brokvist are from his recent guided trip of Natural Habitat travelers on a photo tour. Some pretty cool and first – time happenings out in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area!
White Gyrfalcon perched on a rock in Churchill. Colby Brokvist photo.
Polar bear cub investigates the polar rover. Colby Brokvist photo.
The group also enjoyed sightings of Arctic, silver and red foxes, a snowy owl and a white phase Gyrfalcon.
A beautiful silver fox prances along the tundra in search of a meal. Colby Brokvist photo.
Aurora borealis was also visible at night
for this lucky group of travelers. While the cold weather is allowing for ice forming on the Hudson Bay it is not unusual for panic to set in for thoses who want to see the polar bears.
Polar bear resting on a kelp day bed. Colby Brokvist photo.
Shaking off the winter cold. Colby Brokvist photo.
A happy group of Nat Hab travelers after a memorable trip to Churchill. Colby Brokvist photo.
Polar bear stats for Churchill over the last week. Town of Churchill image.
Churchill this year begins to resemble an outdoor zoo with the residents of the town living within the polar bear exhibit. However, this is the wilds of the sub – Arctic region where polar bears are king and people reside in their natural habitat. The warning to be extra vigilant when walking and leaving your home is real and serious. Please be careful out there all times of day but especially at night and early morning! Polar bears are extremely hungry this time of year.
Another great close up of a polar bear near mile 5 in Churchill. Jodi Grosbrink photo.