Alaska 2018: American Birding Association Event

May 19 - 30, 2018
Tour Length: 12 days Est. Spaces Left: 16

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
No Future Dates Available
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
23 + four leaders
Focus:
Birds; Mammals; Photography;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Birding from vehicles and ATV's with some optional, more strenuous hikes.
Double Accommodation:
$ 7550
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 500 (sgl may not be avail In Pribs/Gam)
Deposit:
$750 [per person]

We’re offering this special trip in association with the American Birding Association. It provides an excellent sample of Western Alaska in a more condensed trip than we usually offer. We will see many of the Alaska specialties as well as some of the Asian vagrants that travel up the Siberian Express.  We’ll visit three quintessential hotspots for birders: St. Paul Island (Pribilofs); Gambell on St. Lawrence Island; and, Nome on the Seward Peninsula. The trip will include four leaders: two experts from High Lonesome BirdTours and two exceptional birders from the ABA staff. We hope you’ll consider joining this tour to spectacular Alaska.

Photo: Willow Ptarmigan in Nome by F. Davis

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Anchorage, Coast International Inn @ 6:30 PM on May 19th in the lobby.

    Accomodations

    Comfortable and motel style in Anchorage & Nome. Basic with shared baths in St. Paul and Gambell, but comfortable.

    Included

    All inclusive from Anchorage. 11 nights lodging; air within Alaska; meals from dinner on May 19 to breakfast on May 30th; professional guides; transport including ATV's per each two people on Gambell; taxes. Tips to guides are optional and at your discretion.

    Excluded

    Air from the lower 48. Alcoholic beverages; phone calls, other personal expenses.

  • Top Birds

    Emperor Goose; Least, Parakeet, Crested Auklets; Horned & Tufted Puffins;  Ancient Murrelet; Yellow-billed, Arctic, Pacific Loons; Steller’s, Spectacled, King, Common Eiders; Red-faced & Pelagic Cormorants;  Red-legged & Black Kittiwakes; Northern Fulmar; Short-tailed Shearwater; Ivory, Sabine’s, Slaty-backed Gulls; Common Ringed Plover; Common Greenshank; Wood Sandpiper; Gray-tailed Tattler; Red-necked Stint; Red Phalarope;  White Wagtail; Brambling are all fairly common or annual at Gambell, less so at Nome. Short-eared & Snowy Owl (uncommon);  many less common Asian vagrants, e.g., Green, Terek, Common Sandpipers; Long-toed & Temminck’s Stint; depending upon year and weather patterns. Common Greenshank, Green and Terek Sandpipers, Great Knot, Little, Temminck’s, and Long-toed Stints, Common Snipe, Common Cuckoo, Sky Lark, Dusky Warbler, Taiga Flycatcher, Siberian Rubythroat, Dusky and Eyebrowed Thrushes, Stonechat, Olive-backed Pipit, Rustic Bunting, Brambling, Common Rosefinch, Eurasian Bullfinch, and Hawfinch. At Nome: Arctic & Aleutian Terns; Pacific & American Golden Plovers; Bar-tailed Godwit; Bristle-thighed Curlew; Willow & rock Ptarmigan; Gyrfalcon; Bluethroat; Gray-cheeked Thrush; Eastern Yellow Wagtail; Northern Wheatear; many others on the trip.

    Top Mammals

    Brown (Grizzly) Bear; Gray Wolf (rare); Arctic & Red Fox; Muskox; Reindeer; Wolverine (rare); Lynx (uncommon); Snowshoe Hare; Walrus; Gray & Humpback Whale; Orca; Steller’s Sea Lion; Northern Fur, Harbor & Spotted Seals; Beluga Whale (rare).

    Habitats Covered

    High & coastal tundra. Some taiga.

    Expected Climate

    It can be mild (40 – 50) on St Paul Island and in Nome (50+), but it can also be very cold and sometimes rainy/snowy in all locations with wind chills in the 20’s.

  • Other Attractions

    Beautiful scenery; native villages & culture.

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
    • Itch relief cream
    • Lip screen/balm
    • Prescription drugs - carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
    • OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
    • Toiletries
    • Hair Dryer
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • Note pads/pens (we provide trip checklists)
    • Hiking Boots/Shoes
    • Safari (e.g., Tilly) hat
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    • Warm hat with visor
    • Rain hat
    • Waterproof winter jacket (Gore-tex or equivalent)
    • Balaclava or full facial ski mask
    • Warm, waterproof gloves (and backup pair)
    • Glove liners
    • Long sleeve shirts (various weights)
    • T-shirts or undershirts (capilene or polypropylene)
    • Pants (fleece or wool; jeans NOT recommended)
    • Long Underwear (capilene or polypropylene)
    • PJs or shorts for lounging/sleeping
    • Wool socks (various weights) and liners.
    • GORE-TEX socks/liners for water protection and warmth
    • Sturdy, waterproof boots; NEOS are lightweight waterproof overboots
    • Moleskin for blisters
    Recommended Reading
    • A Field Guide to the Birds of Japan

      (1982)
      Wild Bird Society of Japan
    • Birds of Europe

      Killian Mullarney, et al. (1999)
      Princeton University Press
    • National Geographic Field Guide to The Birds of North America (6 Edition)

      Jon Dunn, et. al. 2012
      National Geographic Society
    • Shorebirds of North America: The Photographic Guide

      Dennis Paulson (2005)
      Princeton University Press
    • The Shorebird Guide (North America)

      Miichael O'Brien, et. al. 2006
      Houghton & Mifflin Books

     


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