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In summer, the tundra buzzes with energy and life, but in winter, conditions on the same northern landscape are daunting, and it appears quite desolate and bleak. Despite the harsh climate and long, frigid darkness of winter, a variety of animals from polar bears and Arctic fox to ptarmigan and snowy owls have adapted their behavior and instincts to subsist in the region year-round. About 40 mammal species live in and around Churchill (half are marine mammals), and approximately 100 bird species breed here.

Please note that wildlife sightings are few and far between during the northern lights season—most polar bears are out hunting for seals on the frozen ice of the Hudson Bay, while other animals are hunkered down due to the harsh winter conditions on the tundra.

Click the links below to learn more about each species.
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Arctic Fox

Arctic Fox

Snowy Owl

Snowy Owl

Willow Ptarmigan

Willow Ptarmigan

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

Caribou

Caribou

Bearded Seal

Bearded Seal

Ringed Seal

Ringed Seal

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