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Lords of the North: Ecology of Hudson Bay's Polar Bears

Learn about the ecosystems of Hudson Bay from a polar bear expert, enjoying lectures and seeing unique Arctic species in their natural habitat.
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Program No. 6290RJ
Length
9 days
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4,549
Manitoba

Lords of the North: Ecology of Hudson Bay's Polar Bears

Learn about the ecosystems of Hudson Bay from a polar bear expert, enjoying lectures and seeing unique Arctic species in their natural habitat.
Length
9 days
Starts at
4,549
Program No. 6290 RJ
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Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2021
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Oct 23 - Oct 31, 2021
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Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2021
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4,759
Oct 23 - Oct 31, 2021
Starting at
4,759

At a Glance

As autumn fades, the polar bears of Hudson Bay gather to await the sea ice that signals winter’s return. Alongside a leading authority on this precious population, journey onto the tundra aboard specially fitted vehicles to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. Lectures, field trips and museum visits will help you understand not only the life of the polar bear, but also the challenges of global climate change, local conservation issues and the future of the arctic ecosystem.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles on frozen terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Take part in a dog sled adventure and observe caribou, Arctic fox, snowy owl and other Arctic species.
  • Examine research and conservation efforts conducted by the new International Polar Bear Conservation Centre.
  • Go behind the scenes at the Manitoba Museum to view pieces from the Inuit collection and discover the history of the Hudson’s Bay Company.

General Notes

Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available. This program stays in unique accommodations. Be sure to review the Lodging description for the Churchill Northern Studies Centre. If you enroll in a Single room, it is only available for the two hotels in Winnipeg but not in Churchill.
Featured Expert
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Nick Lunn
Dr. Nick Lunn is an expert on polar bears and their role within arctic marine ecosystems. A research scientist with the Wildlife Research Division of the Science and Technology Branch of Environment Canada, Nick is chair of the Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee and a member of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group. He is actively involved in studies on the population ecology of these animals in the Hudson Bay region in relation to climatic change.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Evan Roberts was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and grew up playing hockey in the winter and getting outside in the summer. He has a background in human rights and conflict resolution from the University of Winnipeg. He is especially enthusiastic about photography and loves volunteering with children. Previously, he spent three years with the Winnipeg Jets True North Youth Foundation, spent many summers as a camp counsellor and worked as a Research Assistant at Global College at the University of Winnipeg.
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David Hems View biography
David Hem's career has centered on the management of cultural heritage sites with a strong focus on interpretation and presentation. After receiving a degree in anthropology, he spent nine years working for the Manitoba Historic Resources Branch and 20 years with Parks Canada as an archaeologist and a heritage resource adviser throughout Western and Northern Canada. David was lucky to be able to follow his passions travel and the sport of ice hockey — he played semi-professional hockey in Germany and another coaching in Northern Italy!
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Martyn Obbard View biography
Dr. Martyn Obbard is a research scientist for the Canadian government and a professor of environmental and life sciences at Trent University. He has spent much of his career studying the effect of sea ice distribution and duration and its effect on these bears. His current project includes researching polar bear populations including the Southern Hudson Bay, one of the most southerly polar bear populations in the world.
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Dr. Nick Lunn is an expert on polar bears and their role within arctic marine ecosystems. A research scientist with the Wildlife Research Division of the Science and Technology Branch of Environment Canada, Nick is chair of the Canadian Polar Bear Technical Committee and a member of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group. He is actively involved in studies on the population ecology of these animals in the Hudson Bay region in relation to climatic change.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Polar Bears
by Nikita Ovsyaniko
Polar Bears by Nikita Ovsyaniko, published by Raincoast. It is a very good coffee table book about the polar bears of Wrangel Island, in the eastern Russian Arctic.
Polar Bears
by Ian Stirling
Polar Bears - by Ian Stirling, with photographs by Dan Guravich, published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside, is one of the definitive books on Polar bears by a well known bear biologist. ISBN 1-55041-466-6 (200+ pages).
White Bear of the North: WAPUSK
by Rebecca L. Grambo
White Bear of the North: WAPUSK. Photographs by Dennis Fast, text by Rebecca L. Grambo, published by Heartland Press. A lovely coffee table book with lots of beautiful photographs and text to compliment captures the life cycle of Canada’s best known polar bear population. Heartlands Associates Inc. ISBN: 1-896150-32-2
The World of the Polar Bear
by Norbert Rosing
The World of the Polar Bear by Norbert Rosing. “An informative and entertaining text complements Rosing’s beautiful photographic work, transporting the reader…” Firefly Books ISBN: 1-55209-068-X.
Reaching North: A Celebration of the Subarctic
by Jamie Bastedo
Reaching North: A Celebration of the Subarctic, by Jamie Bastedo, published by Red Deer College Press ISBN: 0-88995-170-5. Great stories by Yellowknife naturalist Jamie Bastedo that impart good environmental understanding of the North.
Ancient People of the Arctic
by Robert McGhee
Ancient People of the Arctic by Robert McGhee ISBN: 0-7748-0854-3, published by UBC. “Makes the story of continent-wide migrations, adaptations to harsh environments, and dramatic climate change comes alive…appeal (s) to anyone with an interest in the North and its history.” John Wilson, Quill and Quire.
Encounters on Hudson Bay, Churchill Region
by Lorraine E. Brandson and Bonnie Chartier
Encounters on Hudson Bay, Churchill Region compiled by Lorraine E. Brandson and Bonnie Chartier, published by the Diocese of Churchill Hudson Bay. General Information on the climate, flora and fauna with interesting anecdotes about the flora and fauna from Aboriginal legends, and early explorers to present day researchers. Available for purchase in most stores in Churchill, but may be hard to find elsewhere.
Turmoil and Triumph
by Ian Bickle
Turmoil and Triumph. Ian Bickle. Published by Temeron Press. The story of the Hudson Bay Railroad. ISBN: 1-55059-107X. This is a great read, especially if you are headed back on the train. It gives an explanation for all of the intriguing sign-posts you see along the way.





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