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Whitehorse Photography Club presents: The Last Ice Bears
May 12 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10.00
The Whitehorse Photography Club is pleases to present Yukon based photography Peter Mather on Wednesday May 12, 2021 at 7:00PM MST. Peter will be sharing a recent photo story that he has done titled “The Last of the Ice Bears”.
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An ongoing series on Yukon Grizzly Bears who delay hibernation into winter, to catch the last of the spawning salmon. The world is changing quickly and we are seeing the affect to wildlife across the North. Winter is arriving later every year, rivers are disappearing due to receding glaciers and the salmon are quickly disappearing. When I photographed Ice Bears 2017, the Chum salmon run on the Kluane River was over 16,000. In 2020 that same run saw just over 100. This disappearance of salmon and winter, means we may be seeing the last of this unique natural phenomenon of ‘Ice Bears’. When Grizzly Bears fish for salmon in temperatures that drop into the -20s Celsius, the creek water freezes to the fur creating hundreds of icicles that dangle from their coats. When they walk and shake, they sound like a chandelier swaying in the wind. The First Nations people of the Yukon tell stories of how the frozen icicles served as an impenetrable shield that protected the bears from arrows.
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