This High Arctic birding tour, a perennial favorite, takes in the high Arctic tundra, boreal forest and lakes, and the aspen parkland and potholes.
We could encounter a diverse array of birds and mammals, from King Eiders to Pacific Loons, Snowy Owls to Swainson’s and Rough-legged Hawks, Long-tailed and Parasitic Jaegers to Sabine’s and Thayer’s Gulls, and American Bison to Arctic Foxes.
At Cambridge Bay on Victoria Island, Yellow-billed Loons nest on remote lakes, Red-necked and sometimes Red Phalaropes in resplendent summer plumage inhabit ponds, Tundra Swans and Sandhill Cranes enliven the tundra, Stilt and Baird’s Sandpipers give their strange songs, and a scarce nesting species such as Buff-breasted or White-rumped Sandpiper may show up. The area is steeped in history and culture, from explorers searching for the Northwest Passage to the Inuit of the western Arctic. The high quality and exciting wildlife viewing make for a long-remembered tour.
June 29 – July 9, 2017 (11 days)
$5,311 per person – with a 5% discount coupon
Guides: Rudolf Koes, Steve Ogle, Yousif Attia
Tour Start/End: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Maximum group size: 12