Trans-Amazon Expedition

Project Polar Bear

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Join us from March 30th to April 17th as we explore Hudson Bay, one of Canada's wildest landscapes by dogsled to study of Polar Bears, Cree and Inuit culture, climate change, and a variety of other topics.

Through out the adventure we will post daily updates via satellite and communicate with classrooms through email, online polls, and live chats. Mystery photos, video clips, Daily Data, Notes from the Trail, Daily Dilemmas, Podcasts and other content will be posted daily between March 30th and April 17th in a format similar to the Trans-Amazon Expedition.

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We will dogsled through the sparse subarctic forest transition zone between forest and tundra to the community of Churchill, Manitoba on the coast of Hudson Bay. This area is home to animals of the boreal forest (moose, black bear, martens & fishers) but arctic foxes and caribou are equally comfortable here. Plus, its one of the world's largest polar bear nurseries.  Pregnant females occupy earthen caves dug deep into the frozen peat bog while birthing and nursing their cubs during the winter months. Then in late March they head out to sea to introduce their young to a life of seal hunting.
   
To avoid disturbing the bear migration, we've timed our travels for early April.  As we dogsled through the 'nursery," we're sure to see plenty of mom & cub tracks and abandoned denning sites, and when we reach the coast, we hope to encounter bears on their way out to sea.

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Our route packs in lots of variety. After disembarking from the train onto the tundra, we'll sled to Wat'chee Lodge, a native-owned facility where we'll be introduced to the area's Cree cultural traditions as well as its wildlife and ecology.  Then we sled northwards camping in sheltered tree pockets on the tundra along the edge of Wapusk (Polar Bear) National Park before reaching Hudson Bay. We'll spend time studying the coast as we sled westwards along the shore towards the town of Churchill.  Enroute we'll visit the Northern Studies Center to learn about arctic research, especially the threat that climate change represents to the area's bear population.
   
When we return from Hudson Bay in Mid-April we will be visiting schools would love to bring the sights and sounds of the Arctic into your school through an interactive assembly.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to book an assembly.

Keep Exploring!

Dave Freeman
Executive Director
The Wilderness Classrooms
dave@wildernessclassroom.com
(312)-505-9973