Alaska 2021. Barrow: Quest for the Ross’s Gull

October 04 - 09, 2021
Tour Length: 6 days Est. Spaces Left: Available

TOUR OVERVIEW

Extensions:
No Tour Extensions Listed.
Future Departures:
May 10, 2022
Tour Leaders:
Max # Birders:
8 + 1 High Lonesome leader
Focus:
Birds;
Pace:
Easy to Moderate ; Much birding from van, with some short walks
Double Accommodation:
$ 3600
[per person]
Single Supplement:
+ $ 600
Deposit:
$750 [per person]

Barrow is the northernmost city in the United States perched at the meeting point of the Chukchi and Beaufort Sea. The city offers some of the most productive access to high arctic tundra and the arctic ocean, while providing comfortable hotels, a variety of restaurants, and a thriving Inupiat community. This short trip is timed to witness one of the most special migrations in all of North America, that of the Ross’s Gull. Every fall thousands of Ross’s Gulls migrate along the coast near Barrow, offering an unrivalled spectacle of the rare and beautiful. The numbers of gulls varies per day and is usually higher during inclement weather, but we can expect to see dozens to hundreds.

Other species we hope for include Ivory Gull (rare), Spectacled, King, and Common eiders, plus a variety of other gulls and seabirds. We will spend most of our time at the base of the point and along various sea watching spots in town. If time permits we will explore the tundra along two roads; with great luck we may see Polar Bears and other marine mammals.

Joint trip with Rockjumper Tours.

Ross’s Gull by Dominic Sherony

MORE TRIP INFORMATION

  • Meeting Location

    Lobby of Coast International Inn @ 6:30 PM, October 4, 2021

    Accomodations

    Basic but comfortable with private baths

    Included

    • Round-trip air: Anchorage-Barrow
    • Pickup & drop-off at Barrow Airport
    • 5 nights lodging (1st & last in Anchorage)
    • All meals
    • Ground transportation
    • All land use fees & excursions
    • Taxes and local tips (guide tip optional)

    Excluded

    • Airfare to Alaska
    • Drinks
    • Telephone calls, laundry and other items of a personal nature
    • Lodging before and after (we can arrange if you wish)

  • Top Birds

    Ross’s Gull, Ivory Gull (rare), Spectacled, King, and Common eiders.  Snowy Owls.

    Top Mammals

    Polar Bear; Arctic Fox; several species of pinnipeds.

     

    Habitats Covered

    Far north tundra and Arctic Ocean.

    Expected Climate

    Cold..

  • Other Attractions

    Far north native village.

     

    Suggested Clothing & Gear
    • Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
    • Visa (if required)
    • Credit cards / cash
    • Binoculars
    • Scope and tripod (optional)
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
    • Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
    • Water bottle
    • Small umbrella
    • Small day pack / fanny pack
    • Small flashlight
    • 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
    • Hat with brim/visor
    • Rain jacket/wind breaker
    Recommended Reading

     

  • Past Trip Reports

     

     


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