Date: 1/5/19 2:01 pm From: <dmarc-noreply...> (Redacted sender drbirdie for DMARC) Subject: [texbirds] TOS 2019 Alaska Trip Announcement
Now that CBC's and the holidays are behind us, it is time to turn our attention to spring and summer birding plans.
The following is posted with permission of the listowner.
Texas Ornithological Society (TOS) returns to Alaska in 2019!
Byron Stone and Randy Pinkston will co-lead a birding trip for TOS members to Alaska from June 2 to June 16, 2019.
The trip largely follows the "Trip-of-a-Lifetime" itinerary pioneered by TOS Past-President Jim Hailey on his 11 trips to Alaska for TOS. Birding destinations will include Anchorage, 2 days in Barrow, 4 full days in Nome, 2 days in and near Denali Park, and a boat trip for near-shore pelagic birds out of Seward. The trip in summer of 2017, co-led by Jim Hailey and Byron Stone, including Randy Pinkston as a participant, encountered 174 bird species, including 20 species that are very hard to find anywhere in North America other than Alaska. A partial list of such specialty birds includes Arctic and Aleutian Terns, Harlequin Duck, Long-tailed Duck, Pacific Loon, Red-necked Grebe, Bristle-thighed Curlew, Arctic Warbler, Kittlitz's Murrelet and 9 other species of alcids, Eastern Yellow Wagtail and the amazing Bluethroat! And then there is the scenery - nothing like it in the lower 48. And mammals, including muskoxen and caribou. And the incomparable polygon tundra of Barrow. This is a rigorous birding trip, with long birding days and lots of travel. Much of the travel will be in isolated backcountry with no facilities. Much of the birding will be along gravel roads or improved trails, but a few locations will require hiking over uneven ground on steep hillsides in order to maximize the prospects for birds. The trip fee is $3,850 for TOS members and $3,950 for non-members (which includes a one-year TOS membership). That fee covers ground transport to birding locations in large vans or SUV's, airfare to and from Nome and Barrow, the fee for the Seward boat trip, a donation to TOS and the earnest efforts of the trip leaders to enable every participant to see every bird. Participants will be responsible for airfare to and from Anchorage, the cost of lodging and all meals. Single rooms will be available only in Anchorage and possibly Seward. Cost of meals and lodging averaged about $2200 per participant in 2017.
The minimum number of participants is 9 and maximum is 12.
Initial payment due with registration is $1,925 ($1,975 for non-members), with final payment of $1,925 (members) or $1,975 (non-members) due on February 28, 2019.
Alaska is not inexpensive to visit because of its size and remoteness, but this is a very cost-effective way to see almost all of the specialty birds of Alaska besides those that occur offshore or in the Aleutians or Pribilofs.