A number of times now over the years I’ve had the opportunity to travel in both the Scandinavian and Canadian Arctic to photograph polar bears. I’d have to say that the most memorable excursion was to the Wapusk National Park along the shore of the Hudson near the town of Churchill, Manitoba. In late October into mid-November the bears gather here in large numbers waiting for the ice to form on the Hudson Bay so they can head out to hunt ring seal for the winter. This gathering makes for the possibility of capturing some wonderful images.
Here are just a few favorites photos as well as some video I shot during that trip. I also encourage you to check out Polar Bears International for great information including links to live polar bear web cams showing the tundra near and hopefully the bears in their natural habitat.
From the wonderful organization, “Polar Bears International“…
It’s early November. It’s cold. It’s snowy. And polar bears are waiting for the sea ice to form. It’s Polar Bear Week!
Polar Bear Week coincides with the fall polar bear migration to Churchill, Manitoba, where polar bears gather to wait for freeze-up on Hudson Bay so they can return to hunting seals. During Polar Bear Week, we focus on the importance of sea ice to polar bear survival.
The 2016 event is October 30-November 5. Join us by taking the Energy Challenge to sustain a future for the bears. Here’s your day-by-day invite: …read more on the Polar Bears Internationals site.