(August through September excursion from Haines & Skagway, Alaska)
Naturalists take you to the sheltered valley of the Chilkoot River, which was for thousands of years, an ancestral fishing site for the Tlingit people and for brown bears. As the pink salmon run begins, bear families descend on the river, leaving the cover of the forest to forage along the grassy banks. From the safety of the tour bus, powerful spotting scopes and binoculars help provide close-range sightings of the bears along the estuary, river, and lake. Mountain goats can also be seen in the alpine meadows. Marvel at the bald eagles, their young, gulls, ravens, and ducks as they hover over the spawning fish. Discover the connection between the fish, bears, and the lush trees that line the river. Guests can take photos and videos with iPhones and digital cameras through the spotting scopes. This is a unique wildlife viewing opportunity.
Bears are not guaranteed, but frequently seen in August and September on most departures.
Ask about the Twilight Wildlife Watch offered in the evening, from 5:30PM-8:30PM (departure time will change with diminished daylight).
Regarding Covid, physical distancing guidelines implemented, if needed. Tour vehicle capacity may be reduced. Masks and sanitizer are offered. If guests are feeling ill, they are advised to cancel their excursions.