A young Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) in September with an almost-white coat, on Bathurst Island, Nunavut.

A young Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) in September with an almost-white coat, on Bathurst Island, Nunavut.


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Even in summer, Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) congregate around large rocks to rest in the warmth of the sun.

Even in summer, Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) congregate around large rocks to rest in the warmth of the sun.


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Feeding Bun, the Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus), a fresh carrot from a biologist's lunch bag.

Feeding Bun, the Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus), a fresh carrot from a biologist's lunch bag.


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A yawning, stretching, Arctic hare.

A yawning, stretching, Arctic hare.


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Two Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) at Polar Bear Pass, Bathurst Island (Nunavut) in early summer.

Two Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) at Polar Bear Pass, Bathurst Island (Nunavut) in early summer. Note the muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in the distance.


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An Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) with the dark coat seen in summer in Newfoundland and Labrador.

An Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) with the dark coat seen in summer in Newfoundland and Labrador.


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Newborn, furred Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) and newborn, furless eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus).

Newborn, furred Arctic hares (Lepus arcticus) and newborn, furless eastern cottontail rabbits (Sylvilagus floridanus).


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Young Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) at Polar Bear Pass, Nunavut.

Young Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) at Polar Bear Pass, Nunavut.


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Diorama of an Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) and an Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus)

Diorama of an Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) and an Arctic fox (Vulpes lagopus) -- in the dark colour-phase when it is known as a blue fox -- at South Camp Inn, Resolute Bay, Nunavut.


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This Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) is a few days old and would easily fit in the palm of your hand.

This Arctic hare (Lepus arcticus) is a few days old and would easily fit in the palm of your hand.


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Marking 'Blue Bun' with picric acid in order to stain a patch of his fur yellow.

Marking 'Blue Bun' with picric acid in order to stain a patch of his fur yellow.


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The Arctic hare above is a mother leaving her young (below) after nursing them.

The Arctic hare above is a mother leaving her young (below) after nursing them.


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An Arctic hare sheltering under weather-measuring instruments.

An Arctic hare sheltering under weather-measuring instruments.


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Carving of Arctic hare in ivory or antler by Tommy Ashevak of Spence Bay, Nunavut.

Carving of Arctic hare in ivory or antler by Tommy Ashevak of Spence Bay, Nunavut.


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Carving of Arctic hare head at the bend of a cane made from the ivory of a narwhal's tusk (Monodon monocerus).

Carving of Arctic hare head at the bend of a cane made from the ivory of a narwhal's tusk (Monodon monocerus). Artist unknown; from Labrador.


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Learning Objectives

Students get a chance to see Arctic Hares in their natural habitat.

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