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Writer and photographer show love for Churchill Wild’s polar bear walks

We’re finding quite a few good stories and photo albums about Churchill Wild on the Web these days! And they’re written (or photos were taken) by visitors who walked with the polar bears (and us – yes we were there too!) on the coast of Hudson Bay.

James Sturz

James Sturz

Freelance journalist and author James Sturz joined us at Seal River Lodge for the Birds, Bears and Belugas adventure last summer and wrote about it for the Adventure Travel Section of ShermansTravel.com and German wildlife photographer Rudolf Hug put together a beautiful photobook packed with polar bears from his trip.

Sturz, a native New Yorker, has written for over 70 newspapers and magazines including The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Travel + Leisure, Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Adventure and many more. His novel Sasso was also named one of the top books of 2001 by The Sunday Telegraph.

An avid adventure traveler and PADI-certified divemaster, Sturz’s accomplishments are long and impressive. You can read his full bio (and it is definitely worth reading) on his Web site at: http://www.jamessturz.com/bio.html.

Currently a contributing writer at Leite’s Culinaria  Sturz wrote the following paragraph to open his story Polar Bear Encounters in Manitoba, Canada for ShermanTravel.com.

“We’ve all seen pictures of polar bears on receding sheets of ice, but it wasn’t until I flew to the western shore of Hudson Bay, in northern Manitoba, that I understood you could get so close to them you could appreciate the fearsome moistness of their snouts, the awesome sharpness of their claws and teeth, or the fact that the thousand-pound predators still look like fat, furry white blobs you want to leap on and hug.”  Read full story…

Rudolf Hug

Rudolf Hug

We then invite you to slip over to the blog of Rudolf Hug to check out his exceptional polar bear photobook. The most important part of his trip to Churchill Wild?

The “impressive meetings with the polar bears,” said Hug on his blog. “To meet the polar bears on an eye to eye level in their natural habitat is an experience of a very special nature!”

You can check out Hug’s polar bear photos at his blog at: http://rudolf-hug-e.blogspot.com/2010/12/bilder-der-eisbaren.html

Churchill Wild Birds, Bears and Belugas trip featured in L.A. Times Travel Section

Freelance journalist Margo Margo Pfeiff  was at Churchill Wild this past July and experienced our Birds, Bears and Belugas holiday first hand.

Beluga Whales at mouth of Seal River on Hudson Bay

Beluga Whales at mouth of Seal River on Hudson Bay

Not one to sit on the sidelines and simply observe, Margo was the first one in the water to swim and snorkel with the beluga whales. She also showed no fear of the polar bears (or the birds) while hiking over the tundra birdwatching and bear watching. Below follow a few short excerpts from her article:  The Arctic warmth of Hudson Bay’s belugas, which appeared in the Los Angeles Times Travel Section.

“I am beluga bait. Bobbing at the end of a rope tied around my feet, I am being slowly towed in the wake of a Zodiac, a small, inflatable boat, through the icy waters of Hudson Bay. Clad in a partly inflated rubber dry suit, I look like a Michelin Tire Man who has sprouted a snorkel as I peer into the murky brown, tannin-stained cocktail of salt and freshwater. I have come all the way to far northern Manitoba, Canada, to snorkel with beluga whales that, if they do appear out of the gloom, will likely scare the daylights out of me. As my heart races…” Read full article in the Los Angeles Times Travel Section article

Snorkeling with Beluga Whales on Hudson Bay - Dennis Fast photo

Snorkeling with Beluga Whales on Hudson Bay - Dennis Fast photo

“The water teems with whales, and a steady stream of polar bears meanders past. In fall, it’s a bear traffic jam, and with longer nights, it’s a great time to see shimmering sheets of red and green northern lights. Here on the tundra, it’s people who live in an enclosure…” Read full article in the L.A. Times Travel Section article

“The birders on our trip — from Britain and Switzerland — spot eider ducks, a snowy owl and tall sandhill cranes emitting a strange musical rattle as they strut near the stone remains of an ancient Inuit campsite. In this corner of the world, you don’t walk outside without a weapon…” Read full article in the L.A. Times Travel Section article