Alaska 2018: Pribilofs & Gambell

May 22 - June 03, 2018
Tour Length: 13 days Est. Spaces Left: 2

Note: We have one room available and may only be able to hold until March 15.

Join us for this comprehensive, discounted tour to two of North America’s most productive birding destinations: St. Paul Island and Gambell. Nowhere else can so many breeding birds and potential Asian vagrants be seen. St. Paul Island hosts a huge colony of seabirds including Red-legged Kittiwakes, Red-faced Cormorants and several species of alcids. Gambell’s regular birds–Emperor Goose; Spectacled and Steller’s Eiders; Arctic and Yellow-billed Loon; Ivory Gull; Common Ringed Plover; White Wagtail–are alone worth the trip not to the mention the possibility of seeing vagrants that are blown in from the “Siberian Express” migratory route.

Discount of $500 has been applied for booking this combination.

Photo:  Green Sandpiper at Gambell by Dave Mackay



Future Departures:
May 21, 2019
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
16 (2 leaders)
Birding; Mammal viewing; Photography;
Intense ; Some moderate hikes; most birding can be done from vehicles
Double Accommodation:
$ 9200
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 250 (sgl usually not avail at Gambell; if it is, add $475)
$750 [per person]

St. Paul Island in the Pribilof Island group of the Bering Sea is a seabird nesting paradise. Red-faced & Pelagic Cormorants; Red-legged & Black-legged Kittiwakes; Northern Fulmars; Parakeet, Crested, Least Auklets; Horned & Tufted Puffins all nest along the cliffs where they can be approached closely and photographed. Asian vagrants often show up as well.

Comments on 2016 trip:

I recently participated in the Pribilof/Gambell/Nome segments of your Alaska birding trips. I selected your company based specifically on birding these three areas and the fact that each spent a day or so longer in each area than did other companies. I figured that I was only going to the Bering Sea once, so it had to be as thorough as possible. I am pleased to report that the trip was perfect in all respects. You and your team were fantastic.

            Your experience with this area was evident in how you managed the airlines, hotels and other logistics. We listened to some of your stories of earlier problems and it was clear that you were determined not to let it happen to us. 

            Stephan Lorenz and Dave MacKay were superb guides. They are skilled birders and naturalists, but also incredibly attentive to their clients. Everyone got a chance to see birds. They were able to keep track of who needed what bird. Somehow Stephan knew that I was interested in seeing White-winged Crossbill. When one was spotted at Gambell one evening, he came by and gave me the option to get out of bed and head out there. Dave had already put a key in one of the ATVs and I was off. In my haste, I forgot my camera battery in its charger so Stephan raced back to grab it while I watched the bird. At Nome, we failed to see the Bristle-thighed Curlew on our first try. Dave was willing to haul us out there early one morning for another shot, and we saw a couple. In the meantime, Stephan was taking care of the members of the group who passed on the curlew.

            Dave’s meals on Gambell were excellent. Hearty breakfast, hot soup and sandwich for lunch, great dinners and plenty of salad and veg. I had mentally written off plants in my diet for this trip, but Dave really came through. So did the cafeteria at St. Paul for that matter, with a nice salad bar to supplement their cooked offerings.

            Less under your control, but I will credit you nonethess, were a group that got along well, great weather and a whole bunch of birds. Especially on St. Paul, we thought we had won the lottery. 

            Thank you for a wonderful experience.

W.P. Corvallis, OR

To Stephan Lorenz: Thanks for the great trip report……very well done!  I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed the trip.  I had very high expectations for the tour and it far far exceeded them.  You and Dave were terrific; I was amazed by your energy, persistence and patience.  I have just started going through my many photos, but I will share some with you later.
I hope to take another tour that you lead someday……in the mean time….keep up the great work!
Good birding!
J C. Elkhart, Indiana



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  • Meeting Location

    Coast Internatonal Inn, Anchorage, May 22, 2018 @ 6:30 PM


    Nice hotels in Anchorage and Nome; with private baths; more basic,but comfortable, lodges at St. Paul Island & Gambell  with shared baths. Good food in all locations.


    All inclusive from Anchorage including meals starting the first night for dinner to breakfast on the final day except lunch on May 26th. All-terrain vehicles (ATV's) provided at Gambell. Flights within Alaska are included.


    Items of personal nature; alcoholic beverages. Air to Alaska.

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    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • 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
    • 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
    • Small alarm clock
    • Field guides
    • 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)
    • Warm winter jacket
    • 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
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