Because the ice formed three weeks later than usual in November 2009 and then broke up over three weeks earlier in Spring 2010, I am very concerned about the condition of the bears in the area and especially about the numbers and condition of cubs. I'll be watching the videos and photos of Churchill polar bears on the Polar Bears International (PBI) website (www.polarbearsinternational.org
) to get an idea of what the bears are like this year compared with past years. PBI Leadership Camps are going on right now and they are posting images, videos, and blogs about their experiences. I am so hopeful that the weather will be cold and that the ice will form quickly this year. I'm going to be watching.