Forrest Rowland was a wonderful guide. He is extremely knowledgeable about birds and always takes the time to consider the wants, needs and priorities of the group. He works with his group to form a common goal. He was extremely professional and he had a remarkably positive attitude. His enthusiasm was infectious and admirable, as was his perseverance in finding us any species that we wanted and which was possible to see. Forrest is personable, humorous, and extremely generous and kind-hearted. I am so grateful to have met him.
With thousands of miles of coastline, the highest mountains on the continent and vast wildernesses, Alaska is a must for all adventurers in search of unforgettable birds and wildlife set within unrivalled beauty. The first of our suite of Alaska birding tours is Nome & the Seward Peninsula, timed for when the birds and wildlife are at their most abundant, making this an extraordinary Alaska birding adventure. We can expect a host of fine Arctic and Asian birds, including Bristle-thighed Curlew, Gyrfalcon, Hoary Redpoll and Bluethroat, with chances for Emperor Goose, Terek Sandpiper, Siberian Rubythroat and other rarities. The mammal highlight will be the remarkable Musk Ox. Next on our Alaskan birding Adventure is Barrow – the High Arctic where the focus will be three-fold: Snowy Owls, High Arctic breeding waterfowl and waders, and if we are fortunate, the iconic Polar Bear! Spectacled and Steller’s Eiders will undoubtedly be Alaska birding highlights, and besides the regular breeding shorebirds we will also seek Asian vagrants during this unforgettable visit to the northernmost settlement of the USA. No Alaskan birding experience is complete without traveling through Denali & Kenai, and this Alaska birding tour is by far the most diverse offering in this dramatically scenic region. Activities include a boat ride through Kenai Fjords for auklets, puffins, murrelets, whales, Sea Otters and Orca, and exploring the Denali highway for Smith’s Longspur, Arctic Warbler and Rock and Willow Ptarmigan, with excellent chances of bears and wolves. We then search the lush forests around Anchorage for American Three-toed Woodpecker, Varied Thrush, Pine Grosbeak and more. Our final stop are the Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea which boast an impressive list of Asian migrants and our visit is timed for optimum viewing of the massive breeding colonies of alcids both kittiwakes and the charismatic Red-faced Cormorant. While we will surely encounter an Asian species or two during our stay, the highlights of this visit will likely be experiencing the antics of these endearing, photogenic, cliff breeding seabirds. When it comes to Bering Sea birding and photography, there’s nowhere better than the Pribs!