Explore eco-issues for Arctic’s polar bears in Churchill

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Environmental and ecological awareness is the main theme of Natural Habitat Adventures. 

Offering tours from Africa to Antarctica, the Galapagos, Asia, the Americas and the North, Natural Habitat Adventures (www.nathab.com) brings to its travellers a deeper understanding of conservation and eco-issues at hand while helping local communities with economic initiatives and ensure sustainable practices.

Natural Habitat Adventures’ Arctic edu-tour explores eco-issues for polar bears and other arctic animals

Photo taken by Patrick EndresWhile the polar bear’s survival status remains precarious as global warming shrinks the Arctic predator’s feeding season, hundreds of the endangered bears still gather each year on the shores of Hudson Bay awaiting the formation of sea ice so they can head out to hunt seal-creating a best-in-the-world opportunity for viewing the bears in their wild habitat.  

Award-winning ecotour provider Natural Habitat Adventures sends small-group travelers into the bears’ midst via Tundra Buggy, with local guides and a World Wildlife Fund partnership making for a particularly up-close and authentic look at complex issues facing the bears and their fragile ecosystem.

The sustainable snowbound safaris include the chance to see some 50 – 100 polar bears a day, as well as arctic fox, caribou, the northern lights and more. 

Six- to eight-day polar bear expeditions are offered on four separate itineraries with 2009 departure dates ranging from October 11 – November 16.  Rates start from $4,595 per person, double occupancy, for the six-day “Classic Polar Bear Expedition”; the seven-day “Tundra Lodge Adventure” includes accommodations on a veritable polar-express “rolling hotel” parked in the heart of bear habitat.  Group size is limited, and all trips arrive and depart from Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Detailed itineraries on the adventures are available at www.nathab.com/north.

Natural Habitat Adventures gives back to the Churchill, Manitoba community it visits with economic initiatives, conservation education and sustainable practices.  A member of Adventure Collection and exclusive Conservation Travel Provider to World Wildlife Fund, the company’s recent awards include a 2009 Best Adventure Travel Company ranking from National Geographic Adventure and a 2008 World’s Best Tour Operator rating from Travel + Leisure.  All Natural Habitat Adventures trips are carbon neutral. 

For information, visit www.nathab.com.

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