Event Dates: November 8-15, 2020
Total Cost: 3895.00 CDN
Witness the annual migration of Churchill’s polar bears. Every 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. On the first day, course participants will enjoy an excellent firsthand view of polar bears in their natural habitat. On the second day, you will assist one of our visiting researchers with behavioral observations of the bears, collecting data as part of a long-term study contributing to our knowledge of these magnificent animals. Each evening, in-depth presentations by bear biologists explore this remarkable animal and the challenges they are facing in a warming climate. And if that were not enough, this program also includes a 45 minute heli-tour along the rugged coastline of Hudson Bay, an afternoon of dog sledding and a tour of the community, including the world-famous Itsanitaq Museum and its renowned collection of historic and contemporary Inuit art and artifacts. This is our most popular program and all proceeds support scientific research in Churchill.
COVID-19 Note: All courses are currently being offered, pending travel restrictions due to COVID-19 being lifted. It is the participants’ responsibility to ensure they are able to travel safely to Churchill, as the travel restrictions vary with the participants’ location (from within Manitoba, within Canada, or outside Canada). The CNSC is taking safety precautions according to local, provincial, and federal guidelines. In the event of the course being postponed or cancelled, or if you are unable to travel to Churchill due to COVID-19 or other reasons, the course deposit, which is non-refundable, can be applied to a later course.