During my research for the writing of my second novel, Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, I learned a lot about the Arctic. Called the “Land of the Midnight Sun,” for its two month summer period of continuous light – it is a harsh, frozen environment with longer periods of total darkness and subzero temperatures.
Despite this, it is a place that is teeming with life in the sky, on land and in its waters. I’ve already told you about the Arctic’s biggest predator, which is also a main character in my novel – the polar bear. But there are many other amazing animals I found out about, and some of them appear in my book as well.
While watching the TV series Wildest Arctic, a nature documentary on the Arctic Circle, I learned that Svalbard, Norway is home to more polar bears than people. The winter is harsh, with no sunlight for months at a time and temperatures at 20 below 0. In addition to polar bears, there are many animals on land, in the air and in the sea – many of them being prey for the polar bears. Arctic sea animals include Beluga and Bowhead Whales, Orca, Walruses, Seals (the seals are the polar bear’s main source of food) and Narwhals.
A sea bird you can find in Greenland is the Arctic Tern. You can also see the Snowy Owl. On land there are Hares, Foxes, Caribou, Lynx, Lemmings, Wolves and Wolverines.
All of these animals, not just the polar bears, are in danger from the effects of global warming, hunting, polluted water and land. Please visit the World Wildlife Foundation website to learn how you can help Arctic conservation & animal protection efforts. https://www.worldwildlife.org/places/arctic
As I said above, some of these amazing Arctic animals have found a home within my Bear Kingdom story. Because my story is a fantasy, I have given them some magical traits – but their characters are based on the real animals that can be found in the Arctic today. Will they help Suzie, Jack, Liam & Elena on their dangerous quest in Bear Kingdom? Or will they hurt them? I’m excited to share this new adventure with you soon!
Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword, the second exciting adventure in The Dream Chronicles series, will be available on Amazon December 15, 2017.
-Wildest Arctic (TV series, Netflix, 2012).
-Polar Bears and the Arctic: Magic Tree House Research Guide by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce (Random House NY 2007).