On our bear viewing trips, our goal to is see brown bears in a wilderness setting. These bears are icons of Alaska and wild places. Seeing a bear in the wild can be a deeply rewarding experience.
We are looking for Alaskan brown bears, which are also commonly call grizzly bears. Along the coast lines of Alaska, these bears chase wild salmon as the fish return to their home streams in late summer to lay their eggs. This means that bears here tend to congregate more than bears away from the ocean. Compared to seeing a bear in the mountains, bears along the coast can be more tolerant of the presence of humans. For our bear viewing trips, we are going to areas where bears have become accustomed to careful and consistent human presence, which gives us the best chance to see them.
Your guide will give you instructions and guidance on how to move and behave to optimize opportunities for good sightings. We will apply our best understanding of the bear activity to put you in the right spot to see whatever is happening on that day. In the spring, this might be anything from watching bears dig clams to observing courtship behavior. In the late summer, we hope to observe bears fishing for salmon. Your guide can share the life history of bears, the local history of our region, down to their observations of subtle changes in body language. Our goal is that you come away with a rich, personalized understanding of these animals in addition to the satisfaction of having been there and seen what it was that the bears did on that day.
If you’re interested in seeing whales, consider flying out to get on the water to look for whales with Jayleen.
When seeking wildlife encounters, we recognize that we are in the animal’s home. This guides us to act with respect and restraint. In places where bears gather, they extend a level of tolerance towards each other that allows us to move among them as a neutral presence. Your guide will use their experience and judgement to do this in the safest and most respectful way. While our goal is to have an amazing day, we empower our guides to make decisions that prioritize the comfort and well-being of the animals over viewing opportunities because this will increase the safety of our operations, protect the long-term viability of wildlife viewing opportunities, and we believe it is the right thing to do.
We advocate and work for a better understanding of bears and other predators to reduce conflicts with humans. We also advocate for the wild places that these animals call home.
Our guides find watching these animals to be incredibly rewarding. We are guided by the following quote from Henry Beston. “For the animal shall not be measured by man…They are not brethren, they are not underlings; they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”