Hi! My name is Ms. Harsh. Please join me as I travel to Churchill Canada to study climate change.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Guess what - saw a wolf outside my bedroom and I didn't have a single camera handy- neither did the other three people in the room! This picture is almost a perfect example of what I saw out the window. It was just walking by and stopped and continued on it's way down a small hill. This was going to be a great day. Well today is our day off and we are on our way, hopefully I will have some pictures to post for you tonight. We have a guide, Paul, who is going to take us around and hopefully show us some of the local wildlife. He has beening guiding here for many a years and knows all the local hangouts for animals.
We walked along a couple of beaches all the while Paul was pointing out the local fauna and describing some of its uses. We saw blueberries, gooseberries, dew berries and soap berries. Paul told us that you could take a batch and work them into a lather. I have tasted many of the local berries and they are great. Right over the next hill we saw our first bear. It was far away but you could see it great with binoculars. Paul knows alot about polar bears. I didn't know that male bears never quit growing, that they only ate the fat off the seals and that the mother bears doesn't eat for 8 months.

See what else you can find out about polar bears at http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/. Write 3 facts in your journal.
Down the next road we stopped to see some Canadian Eskimo Sled dogs. These dogs are not treated like pets- they are work animals. Notice they're legs- they are pigeon toed- just like polar bears. It helps with traction on the snowy grounds. While watching the dogs, we noticed not one but 2 bears sunning on the rocks. This was great. We didn't go to far because Paul told us that they could reach us in just 5 seconds.
We also saw arctic foxes (what adaptation do these animals have for living in this environment?), peregrine falcons, bald eagles, sandhill cranes and other shore birds. I even collected a couple of rocks that contained fossils!
Next on to beluga whales! (what does beluga mean?) We climbed the rocks at Cape Mary and there they were, swimming at the mouth of the Churchill River. We even saw baby belugas. Baby belugas are gray and will turn white as they mature.
Then we went to town-- take a look at the next slideshow.

Good luck on your tests!


At September 13, 2009 at 2:02 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baluga means "the white one" in Russian. They are born gray and turn white as they mature. And one of their nicknames is "sea canaries". Can anyone tell me why they don't have dorsal fins?


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