Alaskan Mammals

Naturalist Journeys’ Alaska Wildlife Tour

Highlights from Naturalist Journeys’ June 2017 Alaska Wildlife Tour

Naturalist Journeys‘ guide Greg Smith shares his adventures with Muskox, Grizzlies, Caribou, Humpback Whales, and more from this past June’s Alaska wildlife tour with Naturalist Journeys. Click here to read the trip report from our clients’ fun experience in Nome, Anchorage, Seward, and Denali National Park.

Alaska Wildlife Tour
Nesting Black-legged Kittiwake by Greg Smith

Here are the TOP FOUR highlights from our Alaska wildlife tour:

  1. Spending five days birding and wildlife watching on Nome’s only three roads. The Bristle-thighed Curlew gave the group quite a challenge, promoting them to sidestep up to the summit of a hill to find this bird. Success! The group found three curlews along with some Whimbrel and stunning American Black-bellied Plover!
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    Bristle-thighed Curlew by Greg Smith
  2. Cruising to Holgate Glacier in Seward. Birds here included  Ancient Murrelet, Parakeet Auklet, and groups of Common Murre. And while Humpback Whales put on a show, the pod of Orcas was the highlight today.

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    Orca by Greg Smith
  3. Arriving at North Face Lodge in Denali National Park. After a pleasant bus ride through the park, where we saw plentiful wildlife that included a Grizzly sow with two cubs, the lodge staff greeted us with warm smiles, warm drinks, and a marbled bundt cake. Luxury in the heart of the wilderness!

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    Grizzly Bear in Denali National Park by Greg Smith
  4. Seeing an adult Grey Wolf dragging a Caribou haunch back to its den … a striking send off as we made our way out of Denali National Park before boarding our train back to Anchorage.

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    Gray Wolf by Greg Smith

If this sounds like a treat, we run this June Alaska wildlife tour every year, as well as a shorter version in August.

Click here to read this tour’s species list.

Contact Naturalist Journeys at or 866-900-1146.

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