Southeast Alaska

Aug 18, 2018 - National Geographic Sea Bird


We began our expedition through the rugged landscape of Alaska’s Inside Passage in typical fashion: shrouded in fog and surrounded by wilderness. From our embarkation point in Sitka, we sailed through the narrow Peril Strait to Chatham Strait, a common feeding area for humpback whales during the summer months.

Despite the low visibility, guests got an up-close encounter with an adult humpback whale as it cruised along in search of the herring and krill that make up its diet. Later in the day, the fog lifted and revealed the densely covered mountainsides of Tongass National Forest. In order to get a closer look, we set anchor in Hanus Bay and went ashore to explore the forest through guided hikes, kayaks, and expedition landing craft cruises. Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and other temperate rain forest species towered overhead as guests walked along salmon streams and spotted a brown bear from kayaks. The combination of ocean and terrestrial life spotted on our first day highlighted the diversity of Alaskan wilderness and provided a perfect introduction to the adventures we’ll have over the next five days.

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Alex Krowiak

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

A childhood surrounded by the woods and streams of Pennsylvania initially sparked Alex’s curiosity about nature. That curiosity eventually led him to pursue degrees in biology and environmental studies at Boston College. During his time there he conducted research on carnivorous plants in Iceland and kelp forests in South Africa. Together these diverse experiences provided him with the background and passion to become a teacher. 

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Linda Burback

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Born in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Linda and her Air Force family moved extensively throughout the U.S. when she was a child. Linda continues to travel and explore a broader spectrum of the world as a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic. Linda earned her B.Sc. in horticulture from the University of Arizona in 1985 and worked with this degree in the commercial cactus industry for sixteen years.

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