You’ll become very familiar with the flora, fauna, and landscape of this singular place. Every day you’ll leave early for the field, where, depending on the season and research focus, you’ll help set up and monitor equipment and collect data on features of the snowpack, permafrost, and soil; the occurrence of vascular plants, lichens, and mosses; plant phenology (the timing of seasonal events such as flowering, first leaves, etc.); growth rings of trees; and the numbers of mammals, birds, fish, and frogs.
In the afternoon you’ll return to the comfort of the Churchill Northern Studies Centre, where you’ll help enter data and process water or plant samples in the lab. After a convivial dinner, you might attend a talk on climate change, the natural history of polar bears or whales, or ecotourism in Churchill. Or you can enjoy the time relaxing, reading, or chatting with team members.
On one day during the expedition, your team will take a break from being research scientists and enjoy some of Churchill’s recreational activities, which might include whale watching, touring historic sites like Fort Prince of Wales, river kayaking, or browsing through the Eskimo Museum. You’ll have time to ask questions, enjoy the scenery, and keep an eye out for the wildlife and plants—including Churchill’s famed polar bears—that you can’t see anywhere else.
Note: Field conditions and research needs can lead to changes in the itinerary and activities. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.