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.
Nome lies on the Seward Peninsula, jutting into the Bering Sea. It’s a frontier town in a world where few such curiosities remain. Accessible only by boat and aeroplane, bordered on the West and South by the Bering Sea, and the North and East by miles of trackless wilderness, Nome is a fascinating and challenging destination. During June, the midnight sun is at its brightest, the tundra is in full bloom, and the birds and mammals are breeding. Our tour will cover the prime birding areas along the seacoast, the tundra and the only boreal forest on the Seward Peninsula. Most of the birds are in their resplendent breeding plumages—rarely if ever seen in the “lower 48”. We’ll make an extra effort to locate some of the Asian species that regularly occur at Nome. The road system of Nome provides the best access to the Alaska bush without an aeroplane, and we will drive it extensively. Some of the special birds we will be looking for include Emperor Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Eider, Arctic and Red-throated Loons, Rock and Willow Ptarmigan, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Aleutian Tern and Bluethroat, which have all been seen on previous tours. Mammals possibilities include Grizzly Bear, Moose, Reindeer, Arctic Wolf, Arctic Fox, Muskox and even Wolverine.
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Emperor Goose, Eurasian Wigeon, Common Eider, Arctic, Pacific, Red-throated & Yellow-billed Loons, Rock & Willow Ptarmigan, American & Pacific Golden Plover, Grey (Black-bellied Plover), Bar-tailed Godwit, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Surfbird, Red-necked Stint, Semipalmated, Western & Least Sandpiper, Sabine’s & Slaty-backed Gull, Aleutian Tern, Bluethroat, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Northern Wheatear. Spectacled & Steller’s Eiders are uncommon but seen most years. Tufted Duck, Common Pochard, Mongolian Plover, Ruff, Temminck’s, Long-toed & Little Stint, Terek Sandpiper, Curlew Sandpiper & Siberian Rubythroat are among the vagrants seen here some years.
Grizzly Bear, Moose, Reindeer, Arctic Wolf, Arctic Fox, Muskox and even chances for Wolverine.
Barren tundra, stunted temperate growth forests, boreal forest, rocky shorelines.
20’s to 50’s; mild at times, but can be quite cold.
Mostly easy; one optional, moderate to difficult hike for Bristle-thighed Curlew.