3. First Grizzly, Northern Lights, and so much more…

Study Area

First of all, after this one day of 30°C, the temperature dropped in Edmonton as well to about 20°C. About a week ago I left Edmonton for the real fieldwork. We moved to a cabin near Cadomin, east side of the Rocky Mountains, next to Jasper National Park.

The biggest town around is Hinton. There is a lot of mining in the area and the herbivores like to graze around this open grass areas. In the picture below you see elks grazing near the mine in the evening.

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First Grizzly bear

On Friday we had to leave to our cabin for the weekend because park officers needed to stay there over the weekend, but they brought us to another cabin… They didn’t bring keys so we end up with breaking into the cabin. This cabin is not as good as the previous one, but we ‘ll go back to the good one after the long weekend. But… during the evening I took a small walk to the lake to check if there were no animals around. Of course, I had my bear spray with me! It was already a bit late, so didn’t see that much of the shore anymore, but I noticed some strange ‘clouds’ on the horizon… it wasn’t that clear, but I had a bit of hope it was something special, so I took my camera and gave it a try… and oh yeah, the ‘clouds’ lighted up green, which meant Northern Lights!!! I waited a bit longer till it got a bit darker and it was still there, not really clear, but covering at some point like 75% of the sky, from high up in the sky whole the way to the North there were patchy parts of Northern Lights. After a while, there was a bit more contrast and the green shining was visible with the naked eyes.

Northern Lights will inspire you!

fieldwork in the cold
Mountains in Canada
Field truck and cabin

Change of cabin & Northern lights

On Friday we had to leave to our cabin for the weekend because park officers needed to stay there over the weekend, but they brought us to another cabin… They didn’t bring keys so we end up with breaking into the cabin. This cabin is not as good as the previous one, but we ‘ll go back to the good one after the long weekend. But… during the evening I took a small walk to the lake to check if there were no animals around. Of course, I had my bear spray with me! It was already a bit late, so didn’t see that much of the shore anymore, but I noticed some strange ‘clouds’ on the horizon… it wasn’t that clear, but I had a bit of hope it was something special, so I took my camera and gave it a try… and oh yeah, the ‘clouds’ lighted up green, which meant Northern Lights!!! I waited a bit longer till it got a bit darker and it was still there, not really clear, but covering at some point like 75% of the sky, from high up in the sky whole the way to the North there were patchy parts of Northern Lights. After a while, there was a bit more contrast and the green shining was visible with the naked eyes.

Northern Lights will inspire you

More bears...

Staying at the other cabin gave us the opportunity to visit some other parts of the study area, although it was the long weekend, so the forests were full of trailers and quads… But on the way back we saw a mother grizzly bear with 2 cubs, with pictures this time…

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