Alaska’s most wanted duck: Spectacled Eider. Photo Klas Radberg.
Birders head to Barrow in the spring for several reasons: the chance to see all four species of eiders; to look for arctic specialties like Snowy Owl, Yellow-billed Loon and Buff-breasted Sandpiper; and to experience the cacophony of displaying shorebirds competing to pass on their genes during the brief Arctic summer—just to name a few. Of course, the possibility of seeing a polar bear and birding in the land of the midnight sun are top attractions as well. Follow the most intrepid avian breeders to the northernmost city in the U.S., where the 24-hour sunlight of mid-June thaws the tundra in fast forward, ice and snow rapidly giving way to an eruption of tundra plants and insects just as the birds arrive to breed.
The price includes: three nights lodging in Barrow, breakfasts and ground transportation in Barrow; permits; WBA guide. Airfare to/from Barrow is not included. Lunches and dinners are not included. The trip begins and ends at the Barrow Airport. Participants arrive throughout the day on June 10th (arrival day) and will be picked up at the airport in Barrow by the tour leader. There are several flights daily from Anchorage. The tour ends on June 13th with an evening flight back to Anchorage. Please contact us before booking your flights to/from Barrow. Price is based on double occupancy. Single supplement is $255 ($85/ night).