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.
This tour is offered in partnership with High Lonesome Birdtours.
Barrow is the northernmost settlement in the United States, located on the edge of the Polar Ice Cap more than 300 miles above the Arctic Circle. Vast seas of ice extend from Point Barrow another 1200 miles to the North Pole. From May to August, darkness never falls on Barrow as the golden glow of the midnight sun fills the sky. The town is quite small, with an excellent hotel and several restaurants. High Arctic birds are the speciality in Barrow. Snowy Owls are common. Spectacled and Steller’s Eiders are starting their very short breeding seasons in June. Additionally, Yellow-billed Loons breed in the area. We’ll visit the numerous tundra ponds to look for breeding species as well as travel to Cape Barrow in hopes of seeing some of the Arctic mammals. Polar Bears are fairly common during May and June. We provide two trips per person out to Point Barrow in order to maximise the opportunity for seeing Polar Bear as well as some of the seabirds. Many shorebirds, resplendent in their breeding plumages, are possible in Barrow. Buff-breasted, Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers are all regularly seen. Asian species, e.g., Rufous-necked Stint, and Curlew Sandpiper (both rare breeders) have all been seen in Barrow during June. The experience of being at the end of civilisation, in this desolate yet stunningly beautiful setting, will make the trip well worth it for all.Our lodging will be in the new and very comfortable King Eider Inn.
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Snowy Owl, Spectacled and Steller’s Eider, Yellow-billed Loon, Buff-breasted, Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpiper, Rufous-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper.
Barren tundra, pelagic waters, rocky shorelines.
Cold with high winds possible.
Generally easy with some moderate walks.