Arctic Adventure

We caught up with a weasel named Wally from Churchill Manitoba to see what living in the Great Canadian North is all about!

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Hi, my name is Wally.  I’m a Shorttail Weasel – better known as an ermine.  I’m much smaller than a cat, but a little bigger than a mouse.  I live at the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, which is in Churchill Manitoba. Researchers travel from all over to visit the Centre and study the wonders of the north; yup it’s that cool of a place!

I run security around the building, keeping out mice, voles, shrews and squirrels, they’re an important part of the environment, but they sure can make a mess in the building. Animals aren’t the only visitors to the Centre there are also lots of people around like scientists, university students, volunteers and even groups of children.

Exploring the Centre

The Churchill Northern Studies Centre is such a big place that it takes me quite a while to make my  security rounds.  The building is really well built for our cold northern climate and is more environmentally friendly with lights and heat that use a lot less energy.  There’s even a large plastic dome on the roof where you can watch the northern lights or even the polar bears when they come by the Centre in October and November.

Tracking a Polar Bear

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Scientists at the Centre study some pretty amazing and sometimes cute things like polar bear moms and their cubs. Polar bear cubs born in December are still too small and weak to leave the den in March when their mom needs to go hunt. This can be a tough time for mommy polar bears, their low body fat makes them really weak and they need good sea ice to help them hunt seals. When the weather is nice one of the scientists from the Centre will  head out in a helicopter looking for these families to see how the cubs are doing.

Solving the Mysteries of the North

It is really important that we study the north because our planet is changing in ways we don’t completely understand and we need a lot of really smart people to help figure it out.  Churchill Manitoba is the perfect spot to study the north, not only is it beautiful and full of wildlife it sits between two very important ecosystems – the northern boreal forest to the south and the arctic tundra to the north.

A Day in the Life

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Life at the Churchill Centre can be pretty exciting, visitors get to meet the scientists; sleeping, eating and learning just like them! During the day visitors go on hikes and see hundreds of different kinds of birds, caribou, foxes, and all kinds of plants and insects. They also take a boat to see the beluga whales or even ride a tundra buggy to see the polar bears.

Go on an Arctic Expedition!

Now that you know about the wonders of the north it is up to YOU to help protect it! You can do your part at home by reducing the amount of energy you use, learning lots about the Arctic and packing your bags to visit! Yup you read that right, you could be the lucky winner of an incredible adventure to visit the Churchill Northern Studies Centre!

Click Here to Enter the Arctic Explorer Contest

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Generously Supported By

The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

In Collaboration With

Churchill Northern Studies Centre

Earth Rangers is a non-profit organization that works to inspire and educate children about the environment. At kids can play games, discover amazing facts, meet animal ambassadors and fundraise to protect biodiversity.

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  1. New Bee
    Ranger5680121 says:

    being a ranger is awesome i always wanted to help animals in a way when i am a kid this is awesome :)

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  2. New Bee
    CuteGirl100 says:

    someone please tell me how to ask people to make donation and do u have to be a ranger to donate?

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  3. Roaring Ranger
    ER_Bubbles says:

    Hey CuteGirl100, why don’t you check out the “donate” button at the top of this page. Its the bright orange one. You should be able to donate without having to sign up. :)

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  4. New Bee
    CanadianBear says:

    yeah. You should be able to dontae without singing up…or you could signup or you could just donate on some random ranger’s home page :) up to you!

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  5. New Bee
    Ranger5682236 says:

    you don’t need to be a ranger cause when you email it there is a link and it’s the sign that says donate now they donate there don’t worry if you send your parents a card then tell them you did it would pop up if not just wait a few mins it will be ok but there is one thing i am trying to help the grizzly bear no body donated i also look at other peoples and no body raised any but i bet they just started just give it a few months and i bet you’ll get money =D

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  6. New Bee
    Ranger5683012 says:

    I dont know about any one else but im going to win! >:D

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  7. New Bee
    Ranger5681233 says:

    this is sooooooooooo cooooooooooooool

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  8. New Bee
    Ranger5683320 says:

    poor, poor wally…..

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    Haileyhailes says:

    i live in canada timber is so cute smiley face :) i am saving the falcon

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  10. Green Bean
    Spring068 says:

    Help HELP HELP congrats to whoever wins the contest you rock RANGERS!!! :)

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