Barbara Callander – Sustain Eco Store 2022
Title: Barb Callander On the Edge
M to F 10 am - 5 pm
Sat 10 am - 4 pm
Rolling Hills Photography
Barb Callander is a Manitoba born wildlife photographer living in the Kawartha’s. She frequents remote locations photographing at risk wildlife in their natural environment. Barb’s work has been published in Canadian Geographic and the Canadian Wildlife Federation Magazine. She has exhibited her work at the City of Kawartha Lakes City Hall, SPARK, the Victoria County and Rolling Hills Studio Tours and publishes an annual wildlife calendar to raise funds for World Wildlife Fund Canada.
In 2022 Barb’s SPARK exhibit shines a light on the northern edge of the Boreal Forrest in the Sub-Arctic home to the largest and southern most polar bear maternity denning sites in North America.
Their world is black and white
Standing at the transition between the most northerly edge of the boreal forest and the vast tundra, Wapusk National Park protects one of the largest polar bear maternity denning sites in the world.
Reliant on sea ice to hunt, polar bears spend the winter roaming Hudson Bay in search of seals with arctic fox trailing behind as the clean up crew. Longer ice-free seasons mean fewer calories for bears to sustain themselves through the lean summer months.
In addition to climate change, male bears are the greatest threat to young cubs so mothers move inland to the denning sites to give birth. Emerging from her snow cave with young cubs in tow it’s been 9 months since her last meal. She’ll draw on her stored reserves and cunning to raise her cubs until they’re strong enough to make the long journey back to the coast.
Photographing in one of the most inhospitable places on earth where temperatures plummet to -50C and nights smudge out the days is both challenging and rewarding. Gear freezes, batteries wane, electronics slow and then vanish. All of a sudden you’re running blind deprived of the feedback loops that have become so indispensible to get that perfect shot. Despite the inconvenience of the cold, the numbness of cold fingers and fused lashes vanishes at the first sight of a small black nose, then ears of a cub emerging to explore her world for the first time.
Retreating sea ice means more time spent on land for polar bears. When the world took a pandemic pause ice levels resurged to the second highest in 18-years. In their world of snow and ice the polar bear’s survival depends on us to cool the planet. “If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try spending the night with a mosquito.”
Join me at Sustain Eco Store 418 George St, Peterborough for a journey into the world of polar bear mom’s and their cubs.