Lords of the Arctic: The Ecology of Hudson Bay's Polar Bears – Special Oct. Session
This special session is instructed by Dr. Stephen Petersen head of Conservation and Research for the Assiniboine Park Zoo. His recent research projects have focused on arctic marine mammals (polar bears and seals) and he will engage participants with citizen science projects to help monitor these arctic species (and maybe spot a beluga whale too!) As with our other LOA sessions you will witness the annual migration of Churchill's polar bears. In October and November, polar bears congregate in the Churchill area to await the return of the sea ice and access to their preferred prey – the ringed seal. Spend two full days touring the Churchill Wildlife Management Area aboard a custom-built tundra vehicle. Course participants will enjoy an excellent firsthand view of polar bears in their natural habitat. You will have the opportunity to assist with a citizen science project, collecting data as part of a long-term study contributing to our knowledge of this area. Each evening, in-depth presentations explore the remarkable polar bear along with other arctic marine mammal species and the challenges they are facing in a warming climate. And if that were not enough, this program also includes a 45 minute helitour along the rugged coastline of Hudson Bay, an afternoon of dog sledding and a tour of the community, including the world-famous Itsanitaq (Eskimo) Museum and its renowned collection of historic and contemporary Inuit art and artefacts. This is our most popular program and all proceeds support scientific research in Churchill! Book early, our Nov. sessions always fill quickly and we expect this one to as well!