Lords of the Arctic – Day 3

The third day of our Lords of the Arctic program, we went back on wheels.

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In merely two days, more bears had arrived in the area. Continue reading “Lords of the Arctic – Day 3”

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Nisqually Wildlife Refuge

Did you know that, just an hour drive south of Seattle there is a National Wildlife Refuge? It is one of my favorite places to visit all year round.

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Upon entering the refuge you are first greeted with a duck pond. Continue reading “Nisqually Wildlife Refuge”

Lords of the Arctic

After a productive morning with ample bear sightings, we stopped by the bay for a quick picnic lunch.

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Outside, the temperature was -17°C . Continue reading “Lords of the Arctic”

Red-crowned Cranes – Part2

The road became treacherous with low visibility and white out condition at times. We were glad that we hired a local guide instead of braving this road ourselves.

We saw a SUV slipped into a ditch, and thought that it could’ve been us if we were on our own. Continue reading “Red-crowned Cranes – Part2”

Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1

Japanese red-crowned cranes(丹頂鶴 Tancho) were almost hunted to extinction at the beginning of the 20th century for their stunning plumage. Miraculously, in 1926, a group of 20 resident cranes was discovered in the marshes around Kushiro. Since then, various conservation efforts, including artificial feeding during winter, hunting prohibition, and habitat conservation, have brought the population back to over a thousand.

We arrived at Akan International Crane Center one hour before feeding time. A dozen photographers had already set up their equipment along the two level observation desk.

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Juvenile crane resembles adults but had brownish head and neck Continue reading “Red-crowned Cranes -Part 1”