Spot unique wildlife
When spring arrives, Utqiagvik comes alive with millions of migratory birds and thousands of bowhead and beluga whales to spot in the area. Throughout the spring and summer, there is plenty of wildlife to watch for. Ringed and bearded seals, walrus and more swim in the ocean waters and foxes, caribou and more can be seen on land. The road system around Utqiagvik offers some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities. Travelers can set off on their own or take a guided tour of the area to look out for the many animals that call the Far North home. During some months, it can even be possible to spot polar bears in the area.
While it may be surprising, Utqiagvik is actually the home to many species of birds who travel north for the extra sunlight in the summer to raise their young. The area is one of the few-known nesting spots for Steller’s and spectacled eiders. In the late fall, Ross’ Gulls from Siberia fly overhead signifying the return of winter. In Inupiaq, Utqiagvik means “the place where we hunt snowy owls.” Snowy owls come to nest in the area when food is plentiful so bring binoculars for some incredible bird-watching.
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