October 21, 2011

PART 4: Tying it All Together

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Today was the day of our webcast! We were able to tie together our experience, through what we’ve learned and what we’ve seen, and share our enthusiasm with colleagues and students watching.  After a lot of practice, we were so grateful it went off without a hitch!  If you are interested in watching, I will post the link to the webcast at a later date.

Driving the Tundra Buggy

After celebrating the completion of our webcast with cocktail hour, we were greeted by an arctic fox stalking and pouncing on his prey in front of the buggy and a peregrine falcon soaring in the wind.  These animals were a last reminder of the beauty and fragility of this habitat.   With glass of wine in hand, a few of us got together and were discussing how we got to where we are today, more specifically what sparked our interest in the natural world and conservation.  All of the stories were similar, there was one, or two, very influential people in our lives that also had an interest in the natural world. Those peoples gave us opportunities and encouraged us to get outside and explore.  We all agreed that if we were to tell a younger version of ourselves what we were doing now, that younger version would say, “Wow! You are so cool!”.  hahaha Every step I have taken in my life has brought me to this perfect place and looking back, I don’t regret a thing.  There is no “shoulda, coulda, woulda” for me, or as a colleague said “Don’t should yourself.”  I feel very fortunate to be where I am today.

The polar bear, nicknamed Chomp, that slept outside the lodge the entire week

Checking out the lodge
Arctic fox

To finish the day, we were given a moving pep talk by Robert Buchanan, President and CEO of PBI, who graciously welcomed us to the PBI family.  We are now officially Arctic Ambassadors!

Find more on my journey to Churchill here:


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