Wildlife viewing takes on a different dimension in the winter months, as many animals are easer to see against a backdrop of white snow. Watch about 3,000 bald eagles gather to feed on salmon at the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve near Haines. Moose, fox and various species of birds can be spotted during the winter. No matter which path you choose, you'll remember it for a lifetime.
Wildlife Viewing Tips
- Dawn and dusk are the best times for viewing.
- Drive to or visit likley places, especially wildlife refuges or national parks.
- Use binoculars or a telephoto lens to get a great close-up shot.
- Watch from a distance so both you and the animal are safe.
- Be Patient because even when wildlife is abundant it can take time to spot.
- Make noise when you travel in thick brush or near spawing salmon to avoid surprising moose and bears.
With large caribou herds migrating across Alaska's interior, millions of salmon spawning in its rivers, and the world-famous Kodiak brown bears - visitors can't help but enjoy the diversity of Alaska's wildlife. Wildlife viewing opportunities are abundant in Alaska. Take a guided tour through a national or state park to see bear or caribou, or a day cruse to see puffins, sea otters and humpback and killer whales. Even just a leasurely walk on Alaska's extnsive trail systems may put you in a spot where you'll cross paths with moose or Dall sheep.
You can take a flightseeing trip that specializes in wildlife viewing by air, take wildlife tours by motorcoach, or participate in a guided tour that specializes in bear viewing, whale watching or bird watching. Or for a guaranteed wildlife viewing take a trip to the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center in Portage, the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward, or the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage.