This is our last week in Churchill for this year’s bear season, and it’s been great to connect with friends old and new: two-legged and four-legged, furry and parka-clad.
As we begin to wind down, we’re finally experiencing cold weather and snow, with wind whipping across the tundra and rattling our roving broadcast studio. But Hudson Bay is still ice-free, a troubling sign of a warming Arctic. Watching the bears wait for freeze-up after months of fasting on land underscores the urgency of meaningful action at the COP26 climate talks—for polar bears and for all of us.
With the snow has come an increase in bear activity, including daily sparring between adult male bears and our first sighting of a mom with a cub-of-the-year. We were also treated to the sight of an Arctic fox running around the Tundra Buggy Lodge and incredible displays of northern lights.