Glacier Bay (Sit’ Eeti Gheiyi)

Jul 03, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Lion

This glacial fjord is a home and a homeland for a diversity of flora and fauna. From the rainforests of the bay's entrance to the bare bedrock of its upper reaches, the ecosystem pulses with dynamic energy. In the Sitakaday Narrows, tidal currents provoke nutrient cycling, which provides sustenance for a web of life, including sea otters, kelp forests, sea lions and marine birds. The birds and lions perch and preen at South Marble Island, a site that also serves as a nesting location for hundreds of these sea birds. Wolves, bears, moose and mountain goats have each found homes in the terrestrial habitats of this 3.3 million acre national park. The Huna Tlingit call this homeland Sit’ Eeti Gheiyi, which means “The Bay in Place of the Glacier.”

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About the Author

Sarah Keefer


Sarah’s fondest memories of nature are experiences she’s shared with friends—especially when those experiences involve spotting wildlife from the bow of a ship! She’s captivated by the wonders of the natural world, and it was the lure of expansive wilderness and exotic destinations that inspired her to study wildlife biology at both the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Hawai’i Honolulu. Sarah was first partial to mammalian studies, and it wasn’t until her first season as a field naturalist in Southeast Alaska that she began to truly appreciate watching birds and what they could teach us about patience, integrity, and hope.

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Doug Loneman

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Doug grew up hunting in the woods and fields of Iowa before moving to Montana where he developed a deep appreciation for the fragility and beauty of nature and he put away guns and picked up a camera.

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