10/20/2014 6:05:46 PM
A Quiet Interlude in the Polar Bear Capital of the World
By Kt Miller
Our hard-working team is cruising along with preparations for our programs in Churchill during this fall's polar bear migration. Each day is filled with singular moments and seems to go by quicker than the last.
Yesterday, Alysa, Emily, and I were driving back from a full day of training and testing equipment on Buggy One. We noticed that the bay, Hudson Bay, in its enormity was almost completely still. We pulled over and found ourselves mesmerized. With windows down we listened.
The quietest, most subtle waves gently lapped on the shore. The sky was nearly the same shade of blue-grey as the sea. The seemingly ever-present sound of the wind was absent. In its stillness it was difficult to tell sea from sky, bay from breeze, ocean from earth. The world appeared both entirely empty and completely full all at the same time.
It's moments like these that remind me of why I am here, working hard to share the story of the polar bear's plight, and the greater story of the arctic ecosystem and its pivotal role in our planet's health and future.
The first scientists arrive on Thursday! It will be exciting to once again to collaborate with polar bear experts from around the world. I am always amazed by the insights they share and the small impacts both here in Churchill, and from far away, that make a big difference.