Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Uncertain Future For Alaska's Polar Bears

Alaska Polar Bear Sow with Cubs -- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelAs cute as you think this picture may be, polar bears are not meant to be terrestrial mammals. They are marine mammals, and as such rely on the sea ice as critical habitat for their existence. As the sea ice continues to melt, polar bears are loosing their existential platform for survival.

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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013
Polar Bear Silhouettes At Sunset

Alaska Polar Bears Silhouettes at Sunset - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelIt’s been overcast a lot this fall on Barter Island while observing and photographing the polar bears, but there were also a few gorgeous sunsets, which created wonderful front-, side-, and backlighting.

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Monday, September 30th, 2013
Polar Bears Playing In The Arctic Ocean

Polar Bear Excursion Alaska - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelA couple of polar bears play in the Arctic Ocean near Barter Island last week. Polar bears can swim vast distances, and a study several years ago even found a bear able to swim nearly 220 miles. It’s a skill that will be necessary as the summer sea ice is receding in the Arctic Ocean.


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Monday, October 8th, 2012
Alaska Polar Bears – Barter Island

A couple of Polar Bears show try to impress each other on Barter Island near Kaktovik. What is equally impressive to me is all the logs laying around in this treeless place. The wood has traveled hundreds of miles down the Mackenzie River in Canada and then floated east along the Beaufort Sea coast to its present location.

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Alaska Polar Bears And Climate Change

Polar bears have evolved for a life on the sea ice, which they rely on for reaching their seal prey that sustains them. But the Arctic sea ice is rapidly diminishing due to a warming Earth, affecting the entire Arctic ecosystem, from copepods to seals to walruses and polar bears. Longer and longer ice-free seasons test the limits of the polar bears’ fat reserves. Who could have imagined such a scenario for these iconic and powerful predators just a few years ago?

 

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Polar Bear Dance

A couple of Polar Bears wrestle along one of the barrier reefs near Kaktovik on Alaska’s Arctic coast. These bears are among a small group of around 80 – 90 bears which spend time on land, waiting for the sea ice to return. The ice pack is currently around 600 miles to the north, and about 90% of the Beaufort Sea Polar Bear population, numbered at around 1,500, is believed to have stayed within the confines of the ice pack.

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Monday, May 21st, 2012
Alaska Polar Bear Tour & Northern Lights Viewing

I am excited about a new Wild Alaska Travel tour I am offering: A unique adventure up the Dalton Highway, across the Arctic Circle, the Brooks Range and the Coastal Plain to the Arctic Ocean  to see the Northern Lights and then a visit to one of Alaska most remote communities to see some of Alaska’s most powerful animals –  Polar Bears.

Tour dates: September 20 – September 29, 2012 (10 days/9 nights). Departure point: Fairbanks, Alaska. Cost: $3,450 all inclusive (accommodations, meals, transportation).

  –  I hope you will join me!

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