Soar by bush airplane over Cook dinner Inlet, energetic volcanoes and big glaciers en path to a pristine seashore within the Alaskan wilderness. In the present day, you’re headed to camp. Not the summer season camp of your previous (no swim check required!), however exhilarating all the identical. Our new Alaska Bear Camp is about on an empty stretch of sand, the place tented cabins mix seamlessly into the pure backdrop of forest and mountains. There aren’t any folks (apart from these on the airplane with you) and your Expedition Leaders. Your closest neighbors are the unimaginable brown bears that reside right here.
Sound like your form of camp? Us, too! That’s why we’ve created this profound journey for individuals who crave full immersion within the rugged wilderness—a spot you may sit quietly and observe brown bears as they go about their lives with out distracting them or harming their habitat. Alaska Bear Camp is for individuals who search life-altering moments within the wild, the place we’re one with the pure world, observing these magnificent beasts as they play with their younger, seize spawning salmon of their jaws and amble by way of the meadow. Whereas different journeys might introduce you to Alaskan bears from a distance, it is a complete immersion with brown bears from our personal, fly-in wilderness base.
Intrigued? Learn on for all the main points of Alaska Bear Camp!
The place Is Nat Hab’s Alaska Bear Camp?
Our sustainable bush camp is about on an enclave of personal land surrounded by Lake Clark Nationwide Park in Alaska—one of many world’s most famous bear-viewing locations. This peerless location in important bear habitat sits on an previous homestead on the ancestral land of the Dena’ina folks. These 4 million protected acres of intact ecosystem sit on the headwaters of the most important sockeye salmon fishery on this planet.
Right here, on the intersection of the Alaska and Aleutian ranges, and accessible solely by boat or airplane, Alaska Bear Camp gives the last word, immersive bear-viewing expertise. And are available the bears will, because of season-long meals sources within the camp’s neighborhood, drawing these large coastal creatures proper to our doorstep.
What Are the Lodging and Eating Like at Camp?
Our company keep in unobtrusive tented camps, which sit flippantly on the land. The tent cabins are set on a raised deck in entrance of the forest, dealing with Cook dinner Inlet for elegant views. Every customized WeatherPort tent gives strong safety in opposition to the weather (and has a propane house heater), so that you will be assured a heat, snug evening’s relaxation. Tents have a strong door and arduous ground, in addition to solar-powered lights. The enclave of tents is additional protected against bears and different wildlife by an electrified fence that surrounds the complete camp.
Tents include two beds (which will be joined collectively to make a king) adorned with cozy comforters, pillows and plush throws. There’s a writing desk, too, and also you’ll be glad to have an area to journal about all these unimaginable bear moments! Cameras and telephones will be charged within the eating tent. Males’s and girls’s bathhouses have scorching showers and trendy composting bathrooms (there’s additionally a nighttime porta-potty in every tent).
All that invigorating outside time is bound to work up an urge for food, so we’ve made hearty eating a precedence at camp. We serve all meals within the communal eating tent, the place we additionally encourage socializing with like-minded wildlife lovers and listening to information displays. Our resident chef whips up spectacular meals that draw from recent, regionally sourced substances, together with fish and seafood straight from regional waters. You’ll quickly perceive why the brown bears of Cook dinner Inlet are so nicely fed!
The place and How Do We See the Bears?
Now, to the principle occasion: viewing Alaska’s mighty brown bears! These coastal variations of the inside grizzly bear (identical species, Ursus arctos) are North America’s largest land predators, with grownup males weighing as much as 1,500 kilos.
Look intently as we soar into camp by bush airplane—you could glimpse bears within the meadows and alongside the shoreline, as we are available in for a touchdown and taxi alongside the seashore. When you’re settled into camp, our bear-viewing alternatives are each deliberate and spontaneous. We have now two camouflaged viewing platforms, one elevated for a territorial view, that allow us to see bears each close by and at a distance. Usually, we are able to watch them proper from camp, from safely behind the electrified wires.
We’re ensured a few of the greatest and most constant bear viewing in Alaska because of the season-long availability of meals. The bears emerge from their dens every spring to a weight loss program of sedge grass, which is surprisingly excessive in protein and contributes to the bears’ fast progress. Summer season brings the area’s well-known salmon run, a supply of fats that allows the bears to outlive a protracted winter.
The bears are satiated by this regular feast, making us people simply part of the periphery of their lives. We will stroll safely of their midst on guided outings, typically observing them from just some ft away. In case you pay attention fastidiously, you may hear them chewing their meals and speaking with every by way of woofs, purrs and growls.
As a result of we simply can’t get sufficient bear motion, we additionally go to adjoining Lake Clark Nationwide Park for selection. Your seasoned Expedition Leaders—seasoned bear naturalists—will coach you in respectful “bear etiquette” that can guarantee your security in addition to a low-impact presence on the animals.
Bear Camp for Change
You might marvel how visiting brown bears’ pure habitat is contributing to their conservation. Like all our Nat Hab journeys, we’ve taken nice care in researching, planning and executing a carbon-neutral departure that not solely explores nature, however protects it.
Bear Camp Supervisor Caprice Stoner understands that the bears within the camp’s neighborhood are most snug with people once they know what to anticipate. Standardized conduct from viewing group to viewing group gives the bears predictability as a substitute of the sense of a menace. With simply 14 company at a time, Nat Hab’s personal Bear Camp makes for respectful, low-impact bear remark, notably in an age the place the follow has develop into extra widespread, particularly within the Chinitna Bay area of Lake Clark Nationwide Park.
The camp sits adjoining to a chosen Important Wildlife Habitat, closed to people from Might 1 to August 31, guaranteeing a protected space the place the bears can eat, mate and nurse their infants with out interference.
Learn extra about Bear Camp’s conservation ethos and meet Bear Camp Supervisor Caprice Stoner.
Find out how local weather change is affecting coastal brown bears and the way they’re eschewing salmon in favor of elderberries (and why that’s not a great factor).
Again to that bush airplane—from the second we contact down, you’ll be immersed in true Alaska wilderness, which can be true brown bear habitat. We invite you to affix us for this one-of-a-kind camp expertise.
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