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, 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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Saturday, October 6th, 2012
Polar Bears – Symbols of Strength and Power

It’s an amazing sight to watch a couple Polar Bears wrestle on land. But what impressed me most is their fluid movements in the water. They are such powerful animals, on land and at sea.

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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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