Its so great to be back in Churchill, Manitoba starting another season of polar bear trips! The first trip was great, as I guided a group from Houston Zoo, organized by Peter RIger, The zoo’s Director of Conservation & Science. The early snow that had fallen in the region had melted before our arrival, so we were treated to polar bears and other arctic wildlife, including snowy owls, red foxes, arctic foxes, and ptarmigan in beautiful fall colors of the tundra. The ice has not formed, so the bears are not distracted yet by the prospects of seal hunting in Hudson Bay, so we were able to watch them spar, or play fight. This behavior is my favorite of the bears, and it is critical for their personal success during the violent mating season battles of the late winter on the ice. Here are a few images from the trip, although they aren’t really sharp because I forgot to put my camera in ai servo, or continuous focus mode! Learn from my lessons, because it seems that I cant as this isn’t the first time I have done this. I just get too excited when the bears are around.