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