Two field trips in 2019 – 4 seats are available on the June 10, 2019 and June 13, 2019 Barrow Field trip.
YBT – 2018 Barrow testimonial:Hi Rich,I thoroughly enjoyed the Utqiagvik (Barrow) birding. Everything was well organized. Your knowledge of the area helped us find all but one reported bird, the elusive Bean Goose that only a few birders found. Rory
YBT – 2017 Barrow testimonial Rich,Thanks for leading such a great discovery of the birds of Barrow. We left very few stones unturned. I know you gave it all you had, thanks again. I hope your back survived the trip home. I got 18 life birds ! David -2017
YBT – 2016 Barrow testimonial Birding with YBT in Nome and Barrow is like taking a series of great day trips with a small group of friends. Rich is a personable guide with a good working knowledge of the birding areas and the target species. The small group all in one vehicle makes for a friendly trip, and sharing meals and minor excursions in the towns adds to the camaraderie. Since these are birding trips, Rich’s guiding and organizing skills should not be discounted. Accommodations, flights, meals, all seem to fall together with little effort on my part and that was very enjoyable. The birding was unique in both places and I consider both trips to be great fun, successful birding and memorable experiences. J. York – 2016
Nome to Gambell and Barrow, 2015
We found the Nome and Barrow birding experiences in 2015 very satisfying! Successful birding trips to these areas certainly require a lot of attention to basic logistics as well as a very flexible mind set to capitalize on key changeable site intelligence, especially seasonal availability and the practicalities of access for good viewing. We found YBT a very reliable purveyor in these essential areas: species knowledge base, local “savvy” about variables of transportation, dining, site access, cultural sensitivity and a friendly spirit of good humor along with the shared joys of new discoveries. We highly recommend YBT for these qualities evident in their program.
Bunkie & Jeff Mangum
Field trip registration is open for Nome and Barrow 2018.
Barrow is the most northerly village in the U.S.A. well above the Arctic Circle. You will be birding the high Arctic seeking species in breeding plumage such as the Common, Spectacle, Steller’s and King Eiders. Also Barrow has breeding Red Phalaropes, Baird’s and Pectoral Sandpipers which occur on the northern edge of their range. We can hope to observe in low numbers the White-rumped, Buff-breasted, and Stilt sandpipers. During the 2014 field trip, we had a displaying male Ruff with white-phase courtship plumage – and in 2016 we had a Curlew Sandpiper. 2017 we found a female Cape May Warbler plus two Red-neck Stints and again we had White-rump Sandpipers. These species occur widely scattered across the tundra and our observations will depend on persistence and luck. We will do a daily sea watch scoping the open water for Eiders, Loons, Gulls and Murres. Snowy Owls are present but their numbers fluctuate from year to year. In 2014, we had 7 + separate Snowy Owl locations. 2016 and 2017 we had one each year. 2018 Was another BIG Snowy year we had 5 + separate Snowy Owl locations, allowing for many photos to be taken.
Rooms are limited in Barrow 2019 YBT rooms reserved. Up to 4 birders can be accommodated. Light breakfast is included.
You will arrive in Barrow on June 10th, 2019 on the morning flight from Anchorage. I will be on this flight from Anchorage to Barrow with you. This field trip ends on June 13th at noon. We will begin birding IMMEDATELY AFTER ROOM CHECK IN. Meals will be not be scheduled, but available when everyone is ready. The first birding stop will be the fresh water lake area.
Field Trip Group 2 field trip begins with the noon flight arrival in Barrow Thursday June 13th and ends on Saturday June 15th on the 5:30PM flight out of Barrow for the return flight to Anchorage. You must be in Anchorage on June 9th for over night STAY hotel fee not covered.
Cost per person is $2099.00, includes lodging, light breakfast, ground transportation, fuel and guide services. There is no single supplement fee. Airfare and meals are not covered.