It’s wonderful to be back in Churchill and with the polars bears. As we head into our second week of bear season, temperatures are starting to drop. We’ve experienced several snow flurries and woke to a glittery frosty morning yesterday. Still, conditions are warmer than usual for this time of year, with no snow on the ground and not a hint of ice in the bay, underscoring the urgent need for solid progress at the COP26 climate talks.
Last week, we were treated to the sight of a mother bear nursing her cub on the tundra, a rare and special moment for all of us. We’ve also seen bears hanging out in the willows and a mom and cub eating blueberries–and then rolling in them! Although berries don’t meet a polar bear’s nutritional needs, they make a nice snack and no doubt help the bears pass the time as they wait for the sea ice to return.