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Alaska

Birding and Wildlife

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We’ve put together a great tour to Alaska that showcases many nature highlights of the state. This itinerary is perfect for first-time visitors to Alaska, but also for returning nature lovers who want to see and learn more about this fascinating place.


Our focus will be birding as well as wildlife watching, with some geology and ecology in the mix. Our opportunities to see birds and mammals will be excellent. We’ll explore several major ecosystems across Alaska, including rugged coastlines, boreal forests, and subalpine parkland. Many bird species breed and nest in the habitats that we’ll visit. And the long hours of sunlight encourage birds and mammals to be active almost around the clock.


Some special birds we’ll be looking for include Horned Puffin, Willow Ptarmigan, Long-tailed Jaeger, Gray-cheeked Thrush, and Arctic Warbler. Mammalian megafauna that we hope to see are Moose, Grizzly Bear, Dall Sheep, Caribou, Sea Otter, and more.


The main tour will start in Anchorage and then head down to the Kenai Peninsula, where we’ll take a day-long boat ride into Kenai Fjords National Park. We return north, heading to Denali National Park. On the way, we’ll explore a portion of the amazing Denali Highway. We’ll end the main tour upon our return to Anchorage.


EXTENSION TRIP TO NOME: We’re offering an exciting option to visit Nome, on Alaska’s remote west coast. In this region, we’ll venture out on backroads to explore the beautiful subarctic tundra ecosystem. We’ll have chances to find new bird species that breed or migrate through this wild area. We’re also likely to see some great mammals, such as Muskox!


Tour Highlights

 Seeing the birds and wildlife of two incredible national parks: Kenai Fjords and Denali.

 An intimate boat ride among seabirds, whales, and glaciers in remote reaches of Kenai Fjords National Park.

 Potential for viewing grizzly bears and other charismatic megafauna such as moose and caribou.

 Walks through alpine tundra, temperate rainforests, and boreal forests.

 Birding on the world-famous Denali Highway.

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Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1 and 2

Welcome to the great state of Alaska! Your Trip Leaders will meet the group at the airport and will drive everyone to our nearby hotel. There will hopefully be time to explore the city a bit before we enjoy our first dinner together. The next day, we drive south to the Kenai Peninsula, birding along the way.


Day 3

An exciting, full day in Kenai Fjords National Park on our own chartered boat! We'll be exploring the beautiful, rugged coast to view seabirds, marine mammals, and tidewater glaciers.


Day 4

Today we head north to the small town of Talkeetna. We'll break up the journey with birding stops and lunch. After checking in, we'll have several options for enjoying the late afternoon around town.


Day 5

Before we reach Denali National Park tomorrow, we'll spend much of today birding along the Denali Highway, a remote, unpaved road that is one of the world's best scenic drives.


Day 6

We have a full day to Explore Denali National Park, looking for birds and big mammals across the majestic landscapes of the park.


Days 7 and 8

We'll spend time at the Denali NP Visitor Center and bookstore before returning to Anchorage. We'll hit some more birding hotspots along the way. After our last night in Anchorage, we end the main tour. The Extention Trip to Nome begins...


Extension Trip to Nome

Day 1

This morning we fly to Nome and begin our Extension Trip! On our first day in the area we’ll hit local birding and wildlife hotspots outside of town.


Day 2

Today we head out for the first of our two big days in the Alaskan bush north of Nome. We’ll be driving the unpaved Teller Road for the whole day. Great birds and wildlife may be seen anywhere along this route.


Day 3

On our last big day in Alaska we’ll be driving the famed birding route along Council Road, northeast of Nome. We’ll see some beautiful scenery as we search for birds and other animals along the way. In the evening we’ll make a toast to our grand adventure and review our final bird and wildlife lists.


Day 4

After breakfast we’ll head to the airport and say our final goodbyes as we part company.


PRICE of TOUR: $3,295

PRICE of EXTENSION: $1,480

START DATE: June 3, 2020

DURATION (Main Tour): 8 days

GROUP SIZE: Up to 12

TRIP FOCUS: Birds and Wildlife




WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Double-occupancy lodging
  • Ground transportation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Excursions and park fees
  • Guiding services


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  • A detailed itinerary
  • Tour Map
  • Registration Info



YOUR GUIDES

Ivan Phillipsen, Co-owner of Wild Latitudes, is a passionate naturalist with a background in scientific research. He holds an M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in zoology. Natural history is Ivan’s true passion and what he is most excited to teach to others. Although he is fascinated by just about every aspect of nature, Ivan is particularly fond of birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, plants, and geology. Everything is interconnected in nature and Ivan takes a holistic approach when teaching about the natural world.


Emily Mount has worked at ten National Parks across the western U.S. As a naturalist, she shared her love of wild places with visitors at the Grand Canyon, Sequoia, Hawaii Volcanoes, Organ Pipe Cactus and Haleakala. She has also worked in the backcountry as an EMT and wilderness ranger patrolling Big Bend, Zion and Yosemite. In 2008 Emily arrived at Glacier Bay National Park in southeast Alaska. Through five seasons of work as an Alaska ranger naturalist in Glacier Bay National Park, Emily fell in love with southeast Alaska’s vibrant ecosystems.





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How We Travel

We gauge the success of a tour on how well it was enjoyed by all. Providing a rich, rewarding experience for each individual is our top priority. Our tours generally have an easy pace so that everyone gets to experience all a region has to offer.

We create a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere that encourages tour participants to help each other in the field. Just as safety and comfort are cornerstones of our tours, so are humor and the simple joy of learning. The good cheer and camaraderie on our tours often inspire post-trip get-togethers and new, life-long friendships.

Our Focus

We’re crazy about birds, but they are only part of the story.

Our tours offer a holistic experience by taking the time to appreciate all of the animals we encounter– including mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and insects. They all interact and play vital roles in their ecosystems. We also take time on our tours to explore the plants and geology of the regions we visit.

Fostering a deeper understanding of new cultures is one of our goals. On your tour, you’ll taste exotic cuisine and hear local music. You’ll have time to peruse the market, stroll through villages, and share stories with the people you meet.

Protecting the Wild

Ecotourism is a powerful tool for protecting the wild regions of the world. For example, parts of Uganda are now devoted to the conservation of the Mountain Gorilla. Though still endangered, ecotourism has pulled this species back from the precipice of extinction.

We aim to make a positive conservation impact wherever we travel. We often use local guides and stay in small, locally-owned lodges. On every trip, we donate to a local conservation organization that works to protect a native species or ecosystem. When you travel with Wild Latitudes you are helping to protect wild places and the amazing species that call them home.

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