WAITING FOR THE SEA ICE
Polar bears are the sentinel species for climate change. There are less than 25,000 of these magnificent animals in the world, and they face habitat loss from the warming Arctic Ocean. Already, we are seeing significant declines in certain regional populations of polar bears, and the surviving bears are often smaller because they don't have long enough hunting seasons out on the sea ice.
I have had the privilege of photographing polar bears up close in the remote Canadian Arctic, where few photographers go. They are intelligent creatures, but adapted to very specific climate conditions and very specific food sources.
This project is ongoing. I plan to return to the Arctic to continue documenting these bears and their habitat. I have shared this story in Nature Photographer magazine and through speaking engagements, including the L.L. Bean Adventure Lecture Series.