Misty Fiords National Monument

Jun 25, 2019 - National Geographic Sea Bird


We began our first day aboard National Geographic Sea Bird exploring the wilderness in Misty Fiords National Monument. The morning brought incredible reflections on the glassy water, showing old-growth forests that towered above the ship. Woodland passerines created a symphony of sounds before breakfast. Upper Rudyerd Bay graced us with an abundance of birds—glaucous-winged gulls, pigeon guillemots, common loons, marbled murrelets, belted kingfishers, rufous hummingbirds, and many more. While kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, and cruising for wildlife in expedition landing crafts, we encountered harbor seals and an incredibly cooperative coastal brown bear. As we left Misty Fiords, we sailed through Owl Pass, an area that exhibits the dynamic geology of Southeast Alaska in its exposed exfoliation joints and largely granitic landscapes. We capped off the day with a marvelous feast and an entertaining bear presentation in the lounge as we sailed through the calm waters of Behm Canal.

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Jeff Litton

Naturalist/Certified Photo Instructor

Jeff is an environmental filmmaker and adventure cinematographer. His passion for adventure has led him through rural Kenyan villages, atop erupting Guatemalan volcanoes and to the enchanted Galápagos Islands to film Hammerhead Sharks. Being an expedition filmmaker enables Jeff to combine his love for capturing beauty with his drive to protect the environment. In the words of Jacques Cousteau, “people protect what they love.” Inspired, Jeff created UGENA.org, the United Global Environmental News Agency, an online resource to inspire people to care about the environment.

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