Bering Sea islands trip, June 30-July 7
We are now finalizing the schedule of the Bering Sea Islands trip. It will include St Paul, St Matthew, and Unalaska Islands. In addition to island endemics such as Unalaska Collared Lemming, Insular Vole, Pribilof Island Shrew, McKay’s Bunting and Red-legged Kittiwake, it will include the world’s largest Northern Fur Seal rookeries, tame Arctic Foxes, and possibly a Walrus haulout. We’ll also look for marine mammals and birds, such as Steineger’s Beaked Whale, North Pacific Right Whale and all more common species of North Pacific cetaceans, as well as Ribbon Seal, Whiskered Auklet, Short-tailed Albatross, and Mottled Petrel. In order to make the detailed schedule, we need to know how many people are interested in participating, so if you are, please send me an email to dinets at gmail. The preliminary description is at http://zbirdtours.com/stmatthew/stmatthew2015.htm, but if there’s enough people, we can separate them into a more mammal-oriented subgroup with mammal-optimized schedule.
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Please could you elaborate what specific efforts will be made to find
Steineger’s BW, NP Right W and Ribbon Seal?
The tour description on zbirdtours seems very birding oriented, which is fine (Mckay’s bunting!), but are we going to prioritize these rare mammals or not?
Please keep me updated also regarding no of participants = likelihood of the voyage happening.