On the third day, we went for a long hike from Sloop Cove to Fort Prince of Whales. We saw a few lifers, including a Semipalmated Plover, which was one of the birds on our list. There were quite a few fossils in rocks scattered across the beach, which was interesting. There were also really cool rock formations and jellyfish!
We boated across the river in a zodiak, a five or ten minute ride. We saw a few belugas on the way. We landed on the beach and had to hike away from the fort, which was our goal, to go to Sloop Cove.
|A view from across the river, the building is a grain building for loading onto ships.|
All in the rocks there were names engraved names of the people who came to Sloop Cove,
|Samuel Hearne's name engraved in the rock|
one of which was Samuel Hearne, the famous explorer
After exlporing the names a bit we went back towards the fort. We saw many jellyfish, over 30. Our guide said this year the polar bears and jellyfish are very numerous.
|Lion's Mane Jellyfish|
We found some cool fossil rocks on the beach
|A very neat rock!|
A flock of shorebirds skimmed across the water and flew in front of the group. I got some pictures as they flew by. It wasn't till a few weeks after we got home from Churchill that we identified it, Sanderlings! Also a lifer. Sanderlings is what I had thought when I first saw them.
|A flock of Sanderlings|
A large fossil rock
|An Arctic Tern flying with a fish|
The polar bear watcher on some really cool rock formations.
We made it to the fort, and had a little time to explore it, then we went back across the river and we went to the Northern Study Center
As I have said before, my mom and dad met at the study center, because that is where they worked. Except that was the old study center, they built a new one several years ago, a very impressive building and also very environmentally friendly. We also went into the old building, many memories for my parents. There were also two people using a room in the old building as a place for their studies. They were doing respiratory experiments on Dunlin's, Short-billed Dowitchers and Least Sandpipers. Least Sandpiper and Dunlin are new birds for me, but I didn't put them on my list, because they were captive.
|Dunlin and Least Sandpiper|
Here's a helicopter leaving from the study center to collect water samples
|Young Willow Ptarmigan|
A path through the boggy field to a study site
We also saw some redpolls, which was odd for me, because I'm used to seeing them in the winter.
Here's one of the rocket range buildings
We found a door open and went into one of the rocket range buildings, everything was just left there. It was dark, and kind of creepy, it seemed out of a movie.
The control panel
|My dad remembers this!|
One of the very large tunnels with a rocket carrier in it.
We saw a Bonaparte's Gull in the water, the first one!
|baby Arctic Tern|
|Term feeding it's young|
Back at Cape Merry we saw a mother and a cub pacing along.
A cool picture of the sun behind the clouds.
|Stop! Don't walk in this area|
Here's a truck looking out for bears.
Some really cool sunset pictures I took. I think they were from the day before though.
|My brother on a old railway.|
Beautiful sunset in Churchill to end the day
Stay tuned for the next post!