Well I have some bad news, and good news regarding next years Alaska Bear and Puffin Photo Tour.
The bad news was – we have a tentative person interested in our final spot leaving me without any openings going into the prime booking season!
Now the good news – I was able to obtain another week during 2012! I am really fortunate to obtain such a great week, as David, the lodge owner is now having to turn away groups thanks to the popularity of this location! I am very grateful to be able to offer two trips a summer!
My second week being added is at the end of June – the 23rd to the 29th. I will be interested to see what it is like that time of year. I do remember comments made by Jenny, my former bear guide – she said the end of June was her favorite time of year. Kevin, the park ranger in the area for the past 10 years (the first 4 in a tent! ) has also said late June is one of her favorite times as well. Even Rick, my bear guide this year expressed a preference for late June. So I’m excited to see what it is like then!
What are the advantages of going in June? Possibly more bears, especially spring cubs. This year they were seeing 6 spring cubs by the end of June – that was down to 1 by August. Short, rich green grass along with fields wildflower like lupine should be in nice bloom. Mating activity also takes place during June offering some unique interaction and bringing more bores (males) into the area.
What are the advantages of going in August? There are two big ones. Fishing bears – bears catching and eating salmon is always high on the list of advantages of August. The other advantage is perching puffin – they may not perch as much in June, but they will be flying.
If you are interested or have any questions, please feel free to email or call. I anticipate these trips will fill fairly quick – certainly by Christmas. For more information, visit our page for the Alaska bear and puffin photography tour.