Polar bear watching in high gear near Churchill as everyone waits for the sea ice to form

Reposted from Polar Bear Science

By Dr. Susan Crockford

All of the bears within view of the coastal web cams on the shore of Wapusk National Park near Churchill on Western Hudson Bay seem to be in very good shape this year, despite having come off the ice a few weeks earlier than they have over the last few years. Despite this, problems with bears in Churchill seem to have been below average this year. Some great action can be seen via several Explore dot org live web cams that are streaming from shore right now.

A sow with yearling cub; 1 November 2021

No ice forming yet along the west coast of Hudson Bay as of today, which is a bit later than it has been for the last few years. That means some of these bears will likely have spent almost 5 months onshore by the time they get back on the newly-formed ice and resume hunting seals.

Hudson Bay shows no ice forming along the west coast, closeup at 2 November 2021

However, all this is good news for the highly-regulated polar bear viewing industry that operates out of Churchill, Manitoba.

Due to a very close relationship that the dominant company Frontiers North has with the highly-influential conservation non-profit Polar Bears International (PBI, for which many IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group biologists act as ‘advisors’), tourists taking these viewing trips are fed a steady narrative of gloomy prospects for future polar bear survival alongside alarmist climate change ’emergency’ rhetoric.

This first week of November has been dubbed ‘Polar Bear Week’ by PBI because it’s traditionally the best viewing time at this location and therefore the best time for them to peddle their propaganda.

Companies send their big-wheeled buggies (see example below) out over the tundra at Wakusp National Park where the bear congregate and wait for the ice to form.

The web cam operated by Explore.org (with funding help from PBI) shows a bit of light snow in some places and ice only on the tundra ponds. There appears to have been some good bear action, so at least the tourists have been getting photos of fat bears to counter the propaganda they are being fed. One has to wonder, how many of them notice the disconnect?

Photos below are screencaps from the live web cam taken on 1 November 2021.

Below, two big males who shortly after began ‘sparring’ [the play-fighting that is practice for the real fighting that goes on during the mating season in April/May]

Another view, probably of the same two males…

Below, two sows, each with a yearling cub

Problem bear reports for Churchill

The Polar Bear Alert Program has finally completely updated its problem bear reports to 24 October 2021, which was week 17 this year, with another batch of reports posted this morning (2 November):

Compare the above to 2018 at the same time (also week 17 that year), when there were almost twice as many incidents (see 2. ‘occurrences’ ):

In contrast, 2017 at the same time (which was week 16 that year) was very similar to 2021:

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Pat from kerbob
November 2, 2021 6:24 pm

Fat and happy, the best kind of PBs

Imagine if they could read, they would be depressed and suicidal like Greta

Reply to  Pat from kerbob
November 2, 2021 6:47 pm

Who says Greta can read or do Math?

November 2, 2021 6:56 pm

Those ponies look remarkably heavy
for not having eaten in five months.

November 2, 2021 11:17 pm

And, then there are all those bear “watchers arriving by plane and being driven around in a diesel powered heated bus making their contribution to” global warming” – oh, the irony!!!!!

Climate believer
Reply to  Crowcatcher
November 3, 2021 6:00 am

They are apparently trying to convert the buses to electric, but the planes ain’t.

1500km from Calgary to Churchill or 2000km from Montreal.

3 days, 2 nights for $5600 CAD, €3892, £3312, $4508 USD, $6067 AUD.

Max 30 persons per vehicle (they’ve probably got 3-4)…….. mmmm.. there’s some serious wonger to be made from the sad demise of Ursus maritimus.

Gerry, England
Reply to  Climate believer
November 3, 2021 6:43 am

Hmmm….be worth seeing how the battery buggies idea plays out.

Reply to  Climate believer
November 3, 2021 9:07 am

Or for just a little more ie. $8300-9130 CAD you could take the train from Winnipeg up a rickety old line to Churchill. You get seven days this way too!

November 3, 2021 1:39 am

“Compare the above to 2018 at the same time (also week 17 that year), when there were almost twice as many incidents (see 2. ‘occurrences’ ):”

So the ‘settled science’ shows proof positive, a catastrophic drop in population & the pictures show the poor starving emaciated Creatures are to weak to standup on their own & have either support each other, or are reduced to crawling around on all fours … it’s a crisis !!

The solution is to fly them all down to Miami Beach were they can eat the fat people ( who look like seals & walruses ) solving the obesity crisis & population crisis in humans; other people will get aerobic exercise by running away.

There, three 3 crises solved with one flight !!

A slogan to get the woke wankers on board (got to have a slogan), should be “Save the Seals”

I await my No-ball Prize & the money … no … just gimme the money.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  saveenergy
November 4, 2021 3:23 am

This is a great idea! Unfortunately, such brilliance is seldom appreciated because it removes the object of concern from the threat. Back in the ’80s I came up with a great way to save the Manatees in Florida, all of whom are living at the extreme edge of livability, totally dependent on the warm waters discharged from the power plants. My idea was to round up all of them and airlift them south to the tropics. I was unable to get any traction for my fund-raiser, Repatriate the Manatees featuring Jimmy Buffett, back then but maybe now, with the existential threat of decommissioning all the power plants in favor of windmills, some will recognize the need. Windmills do not need cooling, therefore no warm water discharge to keep the Manatees safe during the chilly Florida winters….

November 3, 2021 2:14 am

That’d be the Hudson Bay sea ice extent currently 5th lowest in the satellite record…

Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  griff
November 3, 2021 3:23 am

If there is no ice in Hudson Bay how can it 5th lowest? More ice free than 100% appears a bit of a difficulty. Incidently, come back in 6 months.

Reply to  Ed Zuiderwijk
November 6, 2021 3:34 pm
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November 3, 2021 4:16 am
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November 6, 2021 3:41 pm
Joao Martins
Reply to  griff
November 3, 2021 4:44 am

griff, there is more under heaven and on earth than is dreamt of by your satellites…

(sorry, Bill S., for the purposeful misquote)

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