December 21, 2023

Researcher Feature: Holly Gamblin


Researcher feature: holly gamblin PhD student at the University of Manitoba,focus species is the Arctic fox I received my B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Wildlife Conservation from Humboldt State University, California. Prior to joining the Churchill...

November 29, 2023

The History of Arctic Exploration


The history of arctic exploration The Arctic, a vast expanse of ice and snow, has long been a source of fascination and mystery. Its untouched beauty and the promise of undiscovered secrets have lured explorers for centuries. In this art...

October 21, 2023

Where The Polar Bears Are


where the polar bears are Polar bears, the majestic lords of the Arctic, are one of the region’s most popular and charismatic species. These powerful predators, known for their thick fur and strong swimming abilities, primarily inhabi...

September 27, 2023

The World of Indigenous Tourism


THE WORLD OF INDIGENOUS TOURISM Indigenous tourism is an immersive experience that allows travelers to connect with the rich histories, traditions, and stories of Indigenous peoples. This form of tourism is not just about visiting a place; ...

September 8, 2023

All About Beluga Whales


All about beluga Whales Beluga whales, often referred to as the “canaries of the sea,” are remarkable creatures that have captured the hearts of many. These marine mammals, with their distinctive white color and playful nature, are a sig...

November 29, 2022

Giving Tuesday is here


It’s Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global movement that encourages people to rally behind the organizations they believe in (for instance, the Churchill Northern Studies Centre). Today, we want to spotlight the importance of our fa...

June 1, 2022

Join the Great Canadian Giving Challenge


Join the Great Canadian Giving Challenge! It’s here — the Great Canadian Giving Challenge has begun! This month, we are asking you to join the challenge and help the CNSC continue to support subarctic science by making a donation of $3...

beluga underwater
May 4, 2022

How CNSC is supporting beluga conservation efforts


How CNSC is supporting beluga conservation efforts A multi-year study of beluga whales in the Churchill River estuary led by Oceans North will continue this summer as part of an effort to establish a National Marine Conservation Area i...

February 24, 2022

#RocketGreensMoms deliver new van


#RocketGreensMoms deliver new van   February 24, 2022 Linda Basler and Jo-Anne Joyce met for the first time earlier this month. Less than a week later, they went on an epic road trip together: a 1,300-kilometre adventure from Winnipeg t...

January 11, 2022

Celebrating 4 Years of Rocket Greens Part 2!


Interviewer: Fiona Rettie, Sustainability TechInterviewee: Carley Basler, Rocket Greens operator and Sustainability Coordinator Looking back –  four years of growth The blizzard that hit Churchill on Dec 16, 2021 kept the CNSC staff ...

January 6, 2022

Celebrating 4 Years of Rocket Greens! Part 1


Interviewer: Fiona Rettie, Sustainability Tech Interviewee: Carley Basler, Rocket Greens operator and Sustainability Coordinator Fostering community connections  The blizzard that hit Churchill on Dec 16, 2021 kept the CNSC staff at h...

December 15, 2021



BY KATE MAZUR, Seasonal Research Technician. The newest addition in the Churchill Northern Studies Centre’s science department features three bioactive terrariums. These terrariums provide guests and staff with a refreshing glim...

September 24, 2021

Wolves and Caribou and Polar Bears, Oh My!


By: Fiona Rettie and Amanda Proulx For 25 years, the world-leading scientific authority on polar bear-human conflicts, Doug Clark, has been documenting polar bear behaviour in the Arctic and Sub-Arctic ecosystems. His research is prim...

September 2, 2021

Something Fishy is Going On


By Joni Reimer After over a year of being empty, the CNSC’s Hudson Bay Aquarium is back up and running after a little help from the science team. The 125 gallon tank offers a glimpse into what the Arctic Ocean looks like beneath the su...

June 23, 2021

No signs of slowing down


By Jordan Stewart Despite the many uncertainties and challenges of the past year, research as the Churchill Northern Studies Centre has not skipped a beat. Whether it be conducting in-house research, collaborating with researchers from a...

March 16, 2021

Winter Birds of Churchill


By Jesse Shirton Spring is right around the corner in Churchill – well, it’s coming eventually at least. With spring comes a huge influx of wings, as Churchill is a major stopping ground for migratory birds. Almost 250 species have been ...

November 20, 2020

Top 10 Underrated Critters


By Jesse Shirton Chances are when you think of a Churchill animal, you probably think of a polar bear. Understandably so, considering Churchill is the polar bear capital of the world. Every year (global pandemic notwithstanding) people t...

The science team after an intensive data and sample collecting weekend
October 7, 2020

A Race Against Winter: Fall Fieldwork at CNSC


Fall is often a time of change – and Churchill is no exception. The vegetation changes colour, migratory birds seek better weather, nights start getting colder, and the town transitions into what during a normal year would be a bustlin...

August 21, 2020

Educational Walks at CNSC


After being closed for several months, things are starting to open up again at the Centre. We welcomed researchers from Western Canada at the beginning of August, and currently have three research groups from Manitoba staying with us.  ...

July 6, 2020

Rules for Fieldwork


Over our travels on tundra, water, ice, and through boreal forest, we have learned some simple rules to keep things running smoothly as a team of research technicians. While they are all guidelines, and a bit tongue in cheek, each one ha...

June 12, 2020

Lessons from an Amateur Birder


By Danielle Chiasson When I moved to Churchill last year I was excited to walk the subarctic landscape and see plants and animals I had only ever dreamed about. Polar bears, belugas, arctic foxes, caribou! But when I arrived in mid-May, ...

A spruce tree in the Hudson bay lowlands after spring snow melt
May 29, 2020

Signs of Spring


Spring reflects signs of new beginnings. Flowers bloom and trees bud, but spring in Churchill looks a little different. Here we are at the beginning of June, still with snow on the ground, temperatures fluctuating between -5 and +5 degre...

Erica and Ben on snow machines coming back from some subarctic science field work
May 19, 2020

Ice ice baby: First winter in the subarctic


This year brought many new staff to Churchill Northern Studies Centre. We asked each of them for their personal take on their first winter in Churchill. Please enjoy seeing a subarctic winter through the eyes of these subarctic rookies.�...

May 12, 2020

Winter Wrap Up 2020


By Danielle Chiasson Now that the snow is melting in Churchill, the temperatures are creeping up above freezing, and the first migratory birds are passing through, we thought it would be a good idea to reflect on Winter 2020 before embra...

Jordan, looking out of an igloo she built during her semester in the subartic
May 4, 2020

A Semester in the Subarctic


My name is Jordan Amatuzio, I am currently an Environmental Studies student at the University of Manitoba. This winter I had the incredible opportunity to spend the final co-op work term of my undergraduate degree as the Programming Assi...

December 16, 2019

Four in the Far North


by Eric DeChaine, Professor of Biology, Curator of the Pacific Northwest Herbarium Western Washington University, Bellingham, Washington, U.S.A. I am a naturalist at heart, striving to better understand the natural world: the diversity o...

October 29, 2019

You Live Where?


by Alex Windsor Whether I am up north, or visiting friends and family down south, people frequently ask me, “why did you move to Churchill”? For those who know me, I am interminably cold. Growing up in southern Ontario, the hot summe...

September 11, 2019

Reflections on Summer Research


Hello! My name is Emma Traynor. I’m currently finishing up my stay as one of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre Seasonal Research Technicians. In September, I’ll be heading back to Saint John, New Brunswick to finish up a degree at UN...

August 27, 2019

We’ve Got Worms (but not in a bad way)!!


by Carley Basler, Sustainability Coordinator Some of you reading this might know (although most won’t) that I was the part-time Summer Research Technician in 2003 and 2004.  I was an Environmental Science Major at the University of Ma...

July 19, 2019

Fostering the Next Generation of Scientists


Churchill Northern Studies Centre (CNSC) hosts several unique educational initiatives, from university field courses to learning vacations. In this blog post, I highlight one in particular: the Current Topics in Science high school cours...

May 17, 2019

Tree Island


by Owen Fitzpatrick “You cannot interpret the shape of trees as anything other than a collective memory” (19-20) Jordan Mounteer, ‘Ponderosa Pine (Pinus ponderosa)’ This could not be any clearer than at the northern limit of the ...

April 11, 2019

Kale and Conversation


written by Carley Basler, Sustainability Coordinator We’ve been growing hydroponic leafy greens in the Sub-Arctic for over a year now.  Whether its 50 below or 38 above, we’ve kept our roughly 3000 plants alive and are proving that ...

Guest view of the cafeteria at CNSC
April 2, 2019

Celebrating the Kitchen!


  Hi, my name is Sarah and I first came to work at the CNSC in 2001. At that time, I worked in the old building. It was quite an adventure. I have met people from all over the world and the staff have always been amazing. I came back in ...

March 22, 2019

The Zen of Fuel Hauling


written by Tomas Taylor, photos by Tomas Taylor “How was the trip?” “Good. The fuel got to the cache.” This is pretty much what we found ourselves replying upon returning home from our epic fuel haul trips, at a somewhat loss of ...

February 13, 2019

Lords of the Arctic: Fun for All Ages


Blog post written by: Kelli Kandra, a volunteer during the 2018 fall season This past October and November, people from all over the world came to the Churchill Northern Studies Centre for their Lords of the Arctic learning vacation. One...

February 7, 2019

From Lab to Field: Invaluable North Experiences


My name is Morgan Dobroski and I am currently working at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre as a Seasonal Research Technician Intern. I grew up in southern Manitoba but permanently reside in Edmonton, AB now. I just recently graduated...

January 14, 2019

Passionate Research


My name is Jamie D’Souza and I’m from Montreal, QC. I am currently in my second year of master’s degree in Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, ON. I decided to fulfill a master’s degree bec...

December 14, 2018

Connections and Friendships for a Lifetime


Have you ever experienced what it’s like to arrive in a new place and instantly start planning your next visit there? I had this feeling when I arrived in Churchill. My name is Beth Hampson, and I’m from Winnipeg, MB. I’ve completed my f...

September 7, 2018

The Inspiration of Science


My name is Dani Nowosad and I’m wrapping up my second summer season at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre as a Seasonal Research Technician. I was born and raised in Winnipeg and am taking an honours degree in Physical Geography at ...

July 24, 2018

Science on the Sea Ice


Join us Sat. May 19 at 1pm behind the complex for our local community event as part of the Science Odyssey celebrations across Canada! Everyone is welcome to this family friendly activity where we will venture out onto the sea ice to lea...

July 24, 2018

2018 NRF Call for Proposals


Regular Call for Proposals Northern Research Fund (NRF) 2018 The Northern Research Fund (NRF)Northern Research Fund (NRF) provides opportunities for research in the sciences, social sciences and humanities with emphasis on northern iss...

July 24, 2018

Belugas in the Bay: Through the Camera Lens


Not Throwing Away My Shot: Wildlife Photography and the Opportune Moment By Karin Murray-Bergquist The click of cameras, and the splash of waves, sound through the air as the current Learning Vacation gets under way. Belugas in the Bay: ...