The Polar Bear Habitat is proud to be the only facility in the world to offer naturally forming ice to polar bears in a sub arctic climate. The aptly named Lake Enclosure is 13 acres in total, comprising of 8 acres of natural, thermal spring fed lake surrounded by boreal forest.
Working at the Cochrane Polar Bear Habitat for the last four months has been a very special and rewarding experience. I visited the Habitat in June of this year, shortly after graduating with a biology degree.
This past year has been jam packed with new experiences for our staff, our bears, and our fans. From Harvest Fest to getting bears on the frozen lake and everything in between. It has been a learning experience for sure.
With the end of 2017 approaching soon, we are winding down for the year with our annual Christmas sale. Everything in the store, excluding artwork is on sale for 2% off all the way up to 90% off.
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.