Glacier Bay National Park

May 10, 2018 - National Geographic Quest


We awoke this morning enshrouded in an impenetrable fog as we entered Glacier Bay National Park. As we approached South Marble Island the fog graciously gave way, just a bit, and we spotted Stellar’s sea lions, kittiwakes, our first puffin sightings of the trip, and the kind of light that says, this is Alaska!

The fog was a well-mannered yet constant companion today, occasionally making us guess at what lay beyond, but neatly always parting in time for us to see goats, glaciers, and of course Gloomy Knob!

At Tidewater Inlet, we were fortunate to see two groups of mountain goats totaling more than a dozen individuals, and Gloomy Knob treated us to another six or eight goats, making today the goatiest day in this naturalist's memory.

Marjorie Glacier was rumbling for much of our visit, with several very nice displays of calving!

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Jeff Campbell

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Jeff Campbell fell in love with the ocean while attending boatbuilding school in Eastport, Maine. Since completing his MS in Marine and Estuarine Science at Western Washington University, he has worked for NOAA documenting the ecological impacts of transoceanic fiber-optic cable; the Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife developing an aging method for sixgill sharks; the Lummi Tribe as a Harvest Biologist; Northwest Indian College teaching Fisheries and Wildlife Biology, and as a volunteer for the Whatcom County Marine Mammal Stranding Network. He has been involved in research developing mitigation methods for harmful algae blooms, sterilization methods for oil tanker ballast water, and techniques for screening refinery effluent for harmful ecological effects. He also served as Principle Director on a USDA-funded grant using student interns to study the impact of nutrient-rich run-off on seasonal dead-zones in Bellingham Bay.

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