Polar Bear Pass National Wildlife Area is located on Bathurst Island. Resolute is conveniently close. Polar Bear Pass was established to protect a key travel route for polar bears during the spring and summer. This wetland ecosystem is a nesting area for 30 species of arctic birds, including king eider ducks, greater snow geese, gulls, jaegers, phalaropes and plovers. It also provides vital habitat for muskoxen, caribou, arctic foxes, ringed seals and walruses.