I can’t believe it’s been 5 years since I came to Cochrane. A year more of bears, and a few more grey hairs (no they’re not highlights) has kept life interesting.
The greenhouse gases produced by the burning of fossil fuels is creating a large blanket around the earth. As more fossil fuels are burned, this blanket thickens, and less heat can escape causing our planet to gradually warm up.
Although at first glance the Arctic appears to be a barren place, it is in fact an ecosystem that is booming with life both above and below the ice. The sea ice of the Arctic is very much like the soil of the forest, where many kinds of life can grow and flourish.
What is climate change? Climate change is a change in the typical or average weather of a region or city. For example, this could be a change in a region’s average annual rainfall or a change in a city’s average temperature for a given month or season.
As you may have read from Day 1 of Polar Bear Week, our bears are lucky to live in a sub-arctic region, meaning they go through seasonal changes similar to that of the wild bears.
After spending the summer resting on the coast lines of James Bay and Hudson Bay, the polar bears are feeling a change. The days are beginning to get shorter, snow has started and the bears are beginning to get more active.
It is well known that the polar bear, Ursis maritimus, lives in the arctic. What may not be as well known is how close the arctic and it’s polar bear residents are to us.
Ganuk has been with us since 2012, and as soon as Henry arrived in 2015 we started the process of introducing the two. This consisted of moving the bears closer and closer to one another, with some type of barrier.
One of the most common questions that our animal care staff receive is ‘When are the bears being fed?’. The short answer is: multiple times a day, never scheduled and rarely during our Keeper Talk times. Now let me explain why.
As you know, we like to have fun here at The Polar Bear Habitat, but sometimes we need to get serious. July 15th was Arctic Sea Ice day and we wanted to do something to help bring it some attention.