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Survey in two parts: Part I to the Pribilofs and Denali; Part II to Nome, Seward, and Utqiaġvik (formerly Barrow).

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Your first glimmer of the immensity of Alaska comes as the airplane drops in for a landing at Anchorage. There are towering, snow-capped peaks and icy waters practically beside the runway. And the northern sky is indescribably wide and high, the air crisp and pure. Heading for the hotel, one gets the distinct urge to jump out and start birding immediately as breeding-plumaged Mew Gulls course over ponds dotted with phalaropes and waterfowl. Red-necked Grebes? Barrow's Goldeneyes? And those scaup were probably a mix of Lessers and Greaters. A tight flock of crossbill-like birds whizzes over and plummets into the spruces -- probably your lifer White-wingeds. Calming yourself, you realize this is just the beginning of one of the greatest of birding trips, in one of the wildest, most beautiful places on Earth.

Part One of our grand birding tour includes the Pribilofs, where thousands of breeding seabirds pack the cliffs and migrants from Asia dart across the landscape, and magnificent Denali, with its incredible scenery and wildlife spectacles. On Part Two, it's on to Nome where we'll witness the merging of two major avifaunas (American and Eurasian) with Bluethroats, Arctic Warblers, and Bristle-thighed Curlews; the icy waters and rugged peaks of Kenai Fjords NP with its Black Oystercatchers, Kittlitz's and Ancient murrelets, and Humpback Whales; and far to the north, in Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow), four eiders and Snowy Owl alongside hundreds of displaying shorebirds. June is the time to be in Alaska, when the birds are in courtship and full breeding regalia. Head north with us!

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2020 Departures
May 30 - Jun 8 (Part I: $6275)
Jun 6-15 (Part I: $6275)

Jun 7-17 (Part II: $6175)

Jun 14-24 (Part II: $6175)

2021 Departures
Jun 5-14 (Part I)
Jun 13-23 (Part II)



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Guides for our tours
Chris Benesh
Doug Gochfeld
Tom Johnson
Cory Gregory

What to Expect
Good accommodations, mostly easy terrain, cool to cold climate, one eight-hour boat trip, several long drives and long days, outstanding scenery.

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