Flying north I saw the green rectangular fields and straight roads give way to ponds, lakes and huge areas of flat forests. We circled over Hudson Bay and the town of Churchill where small white blips in the water signaled the presence of Beluga whales. It was spitting rain as we loaded our gear and the 9 of us in our group, along with lead scientist, Dr. Peter Kershaw, headed out to the Churchill Northern Science Center (CNSC). The land is flat with scraggly looking spruce trees here and there. We are at the edge of the line between the Arctic tundra and the boreal forest. Gray looking boulders line the coast but we didn't see the hoped for polar bears. Introductions from our group, scrumptious meals, and we've been on a quick learning curve on the major technology pieces we'll be using (GPS, Palm Pilot, Walkie Talkies, dry oven, Muffle ovens, and Peatmoss corers). We'll be taking soil samples to figure the carbon composition and measuring seedlings.
Question to discuss: Why do you think there are bars on the windows at the science center?
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